Ohio Announces Funding for 2006 Specialized
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Office of Transit
today announced applications for the departments Specialized
Transportation Program (STP) are now available. 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 with disabilities.
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. Specifics on eligible equipment are listed
in the Vehicle Catalog and Selection Guide, published by ODOT.
and people with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries of the
transportation services provided with accessible vehicles purchased
through this program, said Marianne Freed, administrator, ODOT Office
of Transit. These vehicles help to promote independent living.
In urban areas,
the local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) will be holding
informational meetings on the STP. Dates and times of these meetings
may be obtained from ODOTs web site or by contacting the MPO
directly. Applications are due to ODOT in October and awards will be
made in January.