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Portman tours future autonomous bus route in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Senator Rob Portman was joined by local leaders in Youngstown Friday to tour the city's future autonomous bus route. 

The funding for the project comes from the recently-awarded $10.8 million federal BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Developments) grant.

The grant was awarded to the city by the U.S. Department of Transportation in early December 2018.

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The city will use the BUILD grant to make improvements to the Central Business District in Youngstown including Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Rayen Avenue, Commercial Street, Federal Street, Phelps Street, and Front Street. 

Senator Portman has been a driving factor throughout the process of receiving the grant, meeting with leaders in Washington D.C. and Youngstown to help secure the funding. 

Officials hope to break ground on the project in the spring of 2020. 

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