Feds Pay Virginia $500K for Providing Obama Inauguration Buses

Saturday, December 26, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is getting reimbursed the nearly half-million dollars it spent to provide free bus service in Northern Virginia to President Obama's inauguration.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation says the federal government reimbursed the state $421,708 for its Inauguration Day transit costs

For the event, the state agreed to pay eight Northern Virginia public-transit agencies to run 300 buses to help avoid massive traffic jams. The state says the service an estimated 4 percent of those attending the inauguration.

The federal government reimbursed $2.8 million of the $5.7 million that 51 Virginia state and local agencies spent helping with security for the inauguration.



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