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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
January 16, 2003

ODOT Awards Transportation Coordination Funding
Grants Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly, Disabled and Low Income

Columbus Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced the department's Ohio Coordination Program will allocate $1.3 million among 19 counties throughout the state this year. This ODOT funding, will be used for operating costs of transportation projects in an effort to enhance and expand transportation services in Ohio counties with no public transportation system.

"People who do not have access to transportation can benefit from programs supported by this funding to get to work and medical appointments and to make other necessary trips," said Proctor. "This funding provides important services to many of Ohio's rural communities."

ODOT provides funding to public entities through the Ohio Coordination Program to assist in the coordination of transportation services among local human service agencies. The primary goals of the program are to enhance and expand existing transportation resources and to reduce duplication through coordination.

"In the 28 counties in Ohio without public transportation service, this funding can serve as a valuable resource," said Proctor. "During this time of fiscal constraints experienced by most organizations, it just makes sense to efficiently use resources already available. By being more efficient, transportation services can reach people who have no other alternative."

ODOT has administered the Ohio Coordination Program since 1996, and since that time the department has awarded $6.4 million to 37 projects. Information about this year's Ohio Coordination Program funding by county is provided in the chart below.

OHIO COORDINATION GRANTS FOR 2003

County  Lead Agency

Grant Amount

Adams County Adams Co. Senior Citizens Council

  $60,000

Clark County Clark Co. Dept. of Job and Family Services 

$60,000

Coshocton County Coshocton Co. Commissioners 

 $73,265

Fairfield County Fairfield Co. MR/DD

  $74,971

Hardin County Hardin Co. Council on Aging 

 $60,000

Henry County Henry Co. Senior Center

  $75,000

Highland County Highland Co. Dept. of Job and Family Services 

 $75,000

Holmes County Holmes Co. Transportation Department

 $75,000

Licking County Licking Co. Transit Board

 $60,000

Madison County Madison Co. Board of MR/DD

$60,000

Mercer County SOURCES

$90,000

Morrow County Morrow Co. MR/DD

  $60,000

Richland County  Richland County Transit Board

$60,000

Ross County  Ross Co. Community Action

 $75,000

Shelby County  Shelby Co. Commissioners

 $60,000

Tuscarawas County  Tuscarawas Co. Dept. of Job and Family Services

 $75,000

Union County Union Co. Agency Transportation System

$60,000

Vinton County  Vinton Co. Dept. of Job and Family Services

 $72,000

Wayne County  Wayne Co. Senior Transportation

 $75,000