U-S Senator Tina Smith–who chairs a key U-S Senate transportation panel–is touting proposed funding for transit in Minnesota.

“It has the federal government really stepping up to support transit not only in the metro areas, in the bigger cities around Minnesota, but also strong support for rural transit as well.”

Public transportation systems across Minnesota could get $856 million under the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the U-S Senate last month. The bill needs approval in the House before it moves on.