​Grants to Help Ohioans Overcome
Transportation Barriers and Challenges

 Transportation Grants provide mobility for employment, job training and vital services

COLUMBUS (Wednesday, March 21, 2012) – Disabled and low-income Ohioans in rural areas could have more personalized transportation choices to-and-from jobs and essential healthcare services thanks to mobility grants facilitated by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
ODOT’s Office of Transit is currently accepting project proposals for three federally-funded reimbursement grants, the Ohio Coordination Program, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program, and the New Freedom Program, aimed at providing a better quality of life for disabled and low-income individuals.
“These vital programs provide personalized transit service for those most in need by making available access to job opportunities and medical services, thereby improving their quality of life and productivity,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.    
These competitive grants must serve residents of small urban or rural areas and can be used to fund expansions of existing service, new service and a Mobility Management position.
“The Ohio Coordination program has helped make great strides in reducing barriers facing low-income, elderly and persons with disabilities,” said Athens Mobility Coordinator Lantz Repp.  “These programs allow many people in southeastern Ohio to remain living in their own homes while still having access to medical and personal transportation needs.”
State and local governments, non-profit organizations and local transportation providers can apply for these federally-funded mobility grants by visiting www.transportation.ohio.gov/transit and clicking on “programs.”
Project proposals must be postmarked and filed electronically no later than Friday, March 30, 2012.



For more information,  contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary,
at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us