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Kent to Host U.S. Transportation Secretary Friday

Ray LaHood will tour PARTA's Kent Central Gateway, for the second time, Friday

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will visit Kent Friday, for the second time, to tour the construction site of PARTA's Kent Central Gateway Transit Center.

LaHood visited Kent in 2010 to sign the grant award for the transit center project, which was awarded the first-ever TIGER grant of $20 million. The grant pays for the bulk of the transit center, which will feature 365 public parking spaces and 10 bus transfer bays when it opens this spring in downtown Kent.

In 2010, LaHood toured the area of downtown Kent that since has been vastly redeveloped in large part due to the parking deck and bus transfer center.

The nation's transportation secretary wrote about his visit on his blog for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Look for coverage of LaHood's visit to Kent Friday on Kent Patch.

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