Walker approves more than $3.8 million to serve the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities
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On November 18, Governor Walker announced 46 agencies will receive awards totaling $3,803,572 in state and federal funds to enhance and support local transportation options for Wisconsin seniors and individuals with disabilities. This represents a nine percent increase over last year. The specialized transportation program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) via the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.
The program grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, non-profit agencies provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Among the agencies awarded were BRIDGE for Community Life (serving St. Croix and Pierce counties), Center for Independent Living (serving Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, St. Croix, and Pierce counties), Endeavors Adult Development Center Inc. (serving Polk, Barron, Burnett, St. Croix counties), ESR Inc., (serving St. Croix and Pierce counties).
The federal and state program, initiated in the mid-1970s, has helped fund the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles in Wisconsin, including 780 vehicles currently providing transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. In addition, approved projects for 2016 include funding for 14 mobility managers who help coordinate transportation services, increase transportation capacity and help connect individuals with transportation services in their geographic service area. Many of the grant recipients serve smaller communities in rural areas.
To view the complete list of Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Grants for 2016, visit http://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/doing-bus/local-gov/astnce-pgms/transit/5310-awards.pdf