SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
Ohio Announces Funding for 2005
Specialized Transportation Program
(Columbus) -Ohio Department of
Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today announced applications
for the departments Specialized Transportation Program are now
available and will be accepted beginning February 1, 2005. The
program provides federal funding for the purchase of vehicles by
private, non-profit agencies or state-approved coordination projects
to meet the special transportation needs of the elderly and persons
funding helps to expand the ability of individuals to travel to many
places that would otherwise be inaccessible,"
transportation often provides a lifeline to needed services such as
health care, employment, public services, education, shopping and
recreation as well as enhancing the quality of life."
The federal funds
provide 80 percent of the cost of capital items with the remaining 20
percent to be provided by the applicant from non-federal sources.
Eligible equipment includes vehicles ranging from standard minivans to
lift-equipped small buses as listed in the Vehicle and Catalog
Selection Guide published by ODOT.
People who are elderly and people with
disabilities are the primary beneficiaries of the transportation
services provided with accessible vehicles purchased through this
program, said Marianne Freed, administrator, Office of Transit.
These vehicles help to promote independent living.
informational meeting on the program and application process will be
held at the ODOT Auditorium, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio on
February 16, 2005 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Agencies requesting or
operating wheelchair equipped vehicles will be required to meet Ohios
new ambulette licensing requirements. A special presentation will be
made at the meeting to discuss this new requirement.
In urban areas, the
local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will also be holding
informational meetings on the Specialized Transportation Program.
Dates and times of these meetings may be obtained from ODOTs Web site
or by contacting the MPO directly.