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Transit money granted for hub

Washington County received $2.6 million in Counties Transit Improvement Board funding that will be used for land acquisition in Newport for a park-and-ride or future commuter rail station, the county announced Wednesday, part of $80 million in grants doled out by the board.

County transportation planners have been negotiating a purchase agreement for a vacant commercial lot in Newport that officials envision as a park-and-ride facility for express bus commuters and, eventually, a station along the proposed Red Rock commuter rail line.