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ODOT connects more Ohioans with Specialized Transportation Grants

$3.7 million awarded statewide to improve transit for elderly, disabled Ohioans 

COLUMBUS (August 12, 2008)To better connect more than 80,000 disabled Ohioans to jobs and schooling - and connect the state’s more than two million elderly residents to health care and home – the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is awarding $3.7 million in federal transportation dollars to local transit agencies for the purchase of specialized mobility equipment.

This year’s grants from ODOT’s Specialized Transportation Program will go to 85 agencies in 41 counties.

Building upon ODOT’s mission to promote a multi-modal transportation system for all of the state’s citizens, the goal of the Specialized Transportation Program is to increase personal mobility for elderly and disabled Ohioans, offering safe transportation alternatives.

Increased mobility options improve quality of life and provide much-needed access to employment, medical appointments, grocery shopping, education, banking and other services.

Targeting areas of the state where existing transportation services are unavailable or insufficient to meet the special transportation needs of elderly individuals or people with disabilities, ODOT awards these grants on an annual basis.

The Specialized Transportation grants cover 80 percent of the vehicle and equipment costs; the local agency must provide a matching 20 percent.

Through more than a dozen transit-related efforts, ODOT’s Office of Transit advocates continued personal mobility for all Ohioans, by supporting, coordinating and funding public transportation as a critical element of Ohio’s multi-modal transportation system.

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 For more information, contact:  Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or your local ODOT District Communications Office