Wisconsin transit services receive nearly $ 4 million in federal and state funding

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Local transit services for seniors and residents with disabilities will receive nearly $ 4 million in combined funds from the state of Wisconsin and the federal government.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recently administered $ 3.99 million to 50 agencies in rural and small urban areas of the state with funds from Section 5310 of the Seniors Enhanced Mobility Program and of persons with disabilities from the Federal Transit Administration.

Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay administer the federal 5310 program for their geographic areas under the Federal Transportation Act and in coordination with WisDOT.

The program provides grants that help local public entities and private non-profit agencies provide transportation services to the elderly and people with disabilities. The services include operational assistance, vehicle purchasing and mobility management.

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

Since its inception in the mid-1970s, the program has helped fund the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles in Wisconsin.

Many of this year’s grant recipients serve smaller communities in rural areas. Among the grant recipients are 14 mobility management projects that help coordinate transportation services, increase transportation capacity, and connect people to transportation services, and 19 are operating assistance grants to help organizations to defray the costs.

Melvin Z. Madore