MONTPELIER, VT. >> Officials in Montpelier say enough funding has been secured to move forward with a planned transit center.

Vermont Public Radio reports the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development awarded the One Taylor Street project $850,000.

City Manager William Fraser says the money will close enough of the budget gap to proceed with construction once the remaining rights of way are secured.

The project includes building a transit center, privately-owned rental housing and a bike and pedestrian path from Taylor Street to Main Street across a pedestrian bridge.

A construction cost estimate completed last summer revealed a $1.4 million shortfall. Fraser says they don't have that amount but believe the project can still work through small changes during the design process.

Fraser says major construction won't start until 2017.

Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net



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