Governor Evers awards nearly $ 4 million to local transit services

For the City Times
WISCONSIN – Governor Tony Evers, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced that local transit services for the elderly and people with disabilities will receive nearly $ 4 million in state and federal funding.

“Fixing our roads and ensuring that everyone has access to safe and reliable transportation is a critical part of our efforts to revive the economy after this pandemic,” Governor Tony Evers said. “The grants announced today build on our efforts to secure transportation opportunities across our state. “

“We are delighted to support organizations that provide basic mobility throughout Wisconsin,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “Through this program, we are helping bring people, no matter where they live in our state, to medical appointments, to work, to school and with families.”

The $ 3,990,287 administered by WisDOT as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities program will go to 50 agencies in Wisconsin.

The specialist transport website WisDOT lists all grants for 2022.

Program grants are awarded to help local government agencies and private non-profit organizations provide transportation services to the elderly and people with disabilities. These services include mobility management, operating assistance and vehicle purchasing.

Under federal transportation law, the cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay administer the federal 5310 program for their geographic areas. They coordinate with WisDOT to ensure the continuity of the project application and selection process. WisDOT continues to administer the specialized transportation program for rural and small urban areas of the state.

The federal and state program, started in the mid-1970s, has helped fund the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles in Wisconsin to provide transportation services to the elderly and people with disabilities. Additionally, projects approved for 2022 include funding for 14 mobility management projects to help coordinate transportation services, increase transportation capacity, and connect individuals to transportation services in their geographic service area. 19 additional operating assistance grants will help organizations defray the costs. Many of the grant recipients serve smaller communities in rural areas.

Melvin Z. Madore