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Trailblazer to reimburse local share overages to McLeod, Sibley counties

McLeod and Sibley county representatives on the Trailblazer Transit Joint Powers Board got some good news Thursday morning — their counties will be reimbursed a good portion of their “local share” from 2014.
According to Trailblazer Transit Executive Director Gary Ludwig, McLeod County is set to be reimbursed $105,483, while Sibley County will be reimbursed $52,741.
The local share is what the counties contribute to the service above what is financed through the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and revenue from fares.
Ludwig said Trailblazer had originally anticipated more expense in 2014 as it expanded its service to communities in Wright County.
“We didn’t get service on the road as quickly as we had hoped,” said Ludwig, so expenses were less than anticipation. In addition, Trailblazer had hoped to have a facility built in Wright County by September of 2014. That building will be constructed this year with occupancy expected in spring 2016.

For more from the meeting, see the July 22 print edition of The Chronicle.