The city of Kokomo is planning to construct a new facility to house the trolleys used in the City Line transportation system.
Included in the 2014 budget is an appropriation of $165,000 in the transportation budget for a bus barn.
The Howard County Government Coordinating Council recently approved grant funds to the city in the amount of $700,000 for the facility.
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said the city is looking at two locations for the bus barn.
"We're looking at existing city property, so we don't have to purchase more land," Goodnight said. "We will have to have a new structure."
The city intends to finalize a location for the new bus barn within the next few weeks, he said.
During the 2014 budget review by the Kokomo Common Council, Tammy Corn said there is a need for a bus barn.
Corn oversees the operation of the City Line bus system.
"We have trolleys spread out through the city," she said. "There is not enough room for the two trolleys we just purchased."
Goodnight said he doesn't believe there is a need to expand the bus system beyond the current four routes.
During the budget session it was noted ridership has increased by 12 percent.
Corn said the new "Orange" line is booming with many school children using the line to get to school.
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