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After School Bus Service Runs Into Federal Funds Snafu

By James Lomuscio

For 30 years, Westport has offered bus service to transport students to various after school activities with the help of federal funding, but now that is in jeopardy.

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After school bus service to the Westport Weston Family Y and other destinations is in jeopardy of losing federal funding after 30 years. Contributed photo

Town officials, aided by state and federal representatives, are seeking to reverse a ruling, at least temporarily, that use of the funds is not compliant with federal regulations, First Selectman Jim Marpe said today.

He said the regional director of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is expected to let the town know Wednesday whether it will be allowed to continue to use Westport Transit District (WTD) buses for the after school service without losing federal funding.

Mary Beth Mello, Boston-based regional FTA director, told Marpe today “that she would try to have an update tomorrow,” Marpe said.

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