Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Governor approves more than $3.8 million for transportation needs of seniors/individuals with disabilities

The program grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, non-profit agencies provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

By - Nov 18th, 2015 03:39 pm

Governor Walker today announced 46 agencies will receive awards totaling $3,803,572 in state and federal funds to enhance and support local transportation options for Wisconsin seniors and individuals with disabilities. This represents a nine percent increase over last year. The specialized transportation program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) via the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

The program grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, non-profit agencies provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The federal and state program, initiated in the mid-1970s, has helped fund the purchase of more than 2,200 vehicles in Wisconsin, including 780 vehicles currently providing transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. In addition, approved projects for 2016 include funding for 14 mobility managers who help coordinate transportation services, increase transportation capacity and help connect individuals with transportation services in their geographic service area. Many of the grant recipients serve smaller communities in rural areas.

Due to changes in the last federal transportation bill, the cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton and Green Bay now administer the federal 5310 program for their geographic areas. They coordinate with WisDOT to ensure continuity of the application and project selection process. WisDOT continues to administer the specialized transportation program for the rural and smaller urban areas of the state.

See the complete list of Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Grants for 2016: http://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/doing-bus/local-gov/astnce-pgms/transit/5310-awards.pdf

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