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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Receives Public Transit Grant

Columbus – Gordon Proctor, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, today announced Ohio will receive $4.5 million in public transit grants for welfare-to-work transit programs. This federal funding, the highest amount awarded among the 42 states approved, will be distributed to 11 communities around the state.

"Often welfare recipients and other low-income individuals are faced with the challenge of not being able to secure a job, travel to their current place of employment or work-related events because they do not have access to a reliable form of transportation," said Proctor. "This funding will provide such services, in addition to, expanding their access to other job opportunities."

The funds, provided under the Federal Department of Transportation’s Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, is part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the current federal transportation funding bill, which Congress passed in 1998.

Of the $4.5 million in funds, ODOT will receive nearly $400,000 which the department will provide to three rural communities, Bucyrus, Washington County and Zanesville, and one urbanized area, Newark. The money will be used for a variety of services including, expanding existing services, implementing new approaches to providing transportation and extending hours of business.

The distribution of the Job Access and Reverse Commute grants were determined by several factors: the percentage of population that are welfare recipients, the need for additional service, coordination with and the use of existing transportation providers, coordination with state welfare agencies implementing the program, use of innovative approaches, and the presence of a regional plan and long term financing strategies.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Myers, Public Information Officer, (614) 466-8480

 


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