Federal Funds for Northeast Kingdom Transportation and Coolidge Homestead

BURLINGTON, October 15 - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) visited St. Johnsbury and Plymouth Notch over the last two days to announce federal funds he helped secure for important Vermont projects.

In St. Johnsbury on Tuesday, Sanders announced $328,300 in federal funds for the Rural Transportation Center to help it update its bus fleet. Sanders said, "As Vermonters' budgets are squeezed by high gas prices and a struggling economy, these funds will provide more choices to people who need to get to work or simply get around town every day. Public transportation like this is essential as we work to break our national addiction on oil and confront a looming climate change crisis." Mary Grant, executive director of the center, joined Sanders in welcoming the much-needed funds intended to promote rural bus transportation.

In Plymouth on Wednesday, Sanders announced $196,000 in federal funds to improve and expand the visitors' center at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site with the goal of keeping the site open in the winter and thus granting more access to school children. Sanders said, "We must do everything we can to preserve our historic treasures for future generations. Vermonters are proud of their heritage and the many contributions we have made to American history. The Coolidge homestead is an important piece of that history." The Coolidge family homestead was the site at which the thirtieth president of the United States was sworn into office by his father, a local notary public, by the light of a kerosene lamp after the untimely death of President Harding in 1923.