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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Awards Public Transportation Grant

Columbus – Gordon Proctor, interim director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, today announced the award of more than $90,000 in state funds to the Eastern Ohio Regional Transit Authority through the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program (OPTGP).

"The funding we’ve received from ODOT will help to defray our operating expenses and enable us to maintain the rate of our current fares at under a dollar, which in turn benefits our customers," said Tom Hvizdos, executive director of the Eastern Ohio Regional Transit Authority. "In our community the services we provide are heavily relied on by those in the area, especially the elderly and disabled."

Ohio's state legislature provides $29 million in transit assistance for Ohio's 56 urban and rural public transit systems which ODOT distributes through OPTGP. The systems use this financial assistance to purchase vehicles and other equipment, for preventative maintenance, and for planning assistance.

"This grant will help the Eastern Ohio Regional Transit Authority to continue providing safe and dependable service to members of their community, and will promote the growth of public transportation in the area," said Proctor.