OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS - 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
ODOT Invests $3.2 million in Transit for Elderly, People with Disabilities
COLUMBUS (Thursday, June 25, 2009) – More of Ohio’s elderly and people with disabilities will find it easier to travel to jobs, school, and health care this year with an investment of $3.2 million in new transit vehicles and equipment from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
The Specialized Transportation Program grants are being distributed to 64 non-profit agencies in 37 counties where existing transportation services are unavailable or insufficient to meet the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities. ODOT has been awarding these grants since 1975.
In District 11, six total agencies – two in Jefferson County and four in Tuscarawas County – received $258,641 to purchase nine vehicles as well as computer hardware and software equipment.
The goal of the Specialized Transportation Program is to increase mobility options for the elderly and people with disabilities by providing access to medical appointments, employment, grocery shopping, banking, and other services. The program builds upon ODOT’s mission to promote a multi-modal transportation system for all of the state’s citizens.
Along with transit vehicles and equipment, the grants will also be used to create two new jobs – one each in Fayette and Athens counties. The purpose of the jobs is to maximum the use of limited resources by helping to reduce duplication of service between public transit systems and human service agencies.
Through more than a dozen transit-related efforts, ODOT’s Office of Transit advocates continued personal mobility for all Ohioans by supporting, coordinating, and funding public transportation as a critical element of Ohio’s multi-modal transportation system.
For more information about transit in Ohio, visit ODOT’s Office of Transit Web site at www.dot.state.oh.us, then click on the bus icon at the top of the page.
For more information, contact Joel Hunt, Central Office Communications, at (614) 466-7173
or Becky McCarty, District Communications Office, at (330) 308-3949.