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Madison passed over for federal grant for $35M bus garage

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison is looking for alternatives after being denied a federal grant that was to pay for half of a $35 million Metro Transit bus garage on the city's east side.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the city has no backup financing plan for the proposed 165,000-square-foot-facility. Construction was supposed to start next year.

Chairman Gary Poulson of Madison's Parking and Transit Commission says the federal decision puts the city in a bind.

A spokesman says Metro Transit is seeing record ridership and operating beyond capacity.

The current bus garage is more than 30 years old and originally designed to house 160 buses. Currently, 214 40-foot buses and 17 paratransit vehicles for people with disabilities are stored there.

Madison's finance director says the project was contingent on receiving the grant.

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