Ohio Announces 2007 Specialized Transportation Program Awards
COLUMBUS To help serve the transportation needs of the elderly
and individuals with disabilities, Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) Director James G. Beasley today announced $1,974,393 in Federal
Section 5310 Program funds for Ohios Specialized Transportation
Program (STP). These federal funds are being distributed to 48
non-profit agencies and six Coordination Program projects in the
state. A list of the agencies with their locations, vehicles and
equipment awarded can be accessed at the Office of Transits website.
The Federal Transit Act, 49 USC Section 5310, authorizes capital
grants for the purchase of vehicles and equipment by private
non-profit agencies or state approved coordination projects to meet
the special transportation needs of elderly individuals and
individuals with disabilities where existing transportation services
are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. Section 5310 funds pay
80 percent of the vehicle and equipment costs, and the local agency
pays 20 percent.
The goal of the STP is to increase personal mobility for elderly
individuals and individuals with disabilities and allow them to
continue being productive members of their communities by offering
safe transportation alternatives. Increased mobility options improve
their quality of life by providing access to medical appointments,
employment, grocery shopping, banking, and other services.
Upon request, the Office of Transit will hold a public hearing for
this grant application. To request a public hearing, please write to
Marianne E. Freed, Administrator, Office of Transit, Ohio Department
of Transportation, 2nd Floor, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio
43223 or contact her by phone at (614) 466-8955.