The U.S. Department Transportation on Monday announced $29 million in grants to provide improved access to local transportation for veterans, military personnel and their families, via programs the department says will make it easier for them to find rides to work, school and medical care.
“With these transportation grants, we will help connect veterans and military families with the jobs and training opportunities they deserve, as well as the medical care and other services they need, all located close to home,”Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement announcing th grants.
The grants are part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, which helps local governments and transit agencies use technologies—such as real-time transit bus locator information—that make it easier for veterans and others to access and schedule rides on buses, vans, taxis and other transportation systems.
“It’s vitally important that we remove barriers to success by making transportation available wherever our veterans choose to live, work and receive care,”FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff said in the statement.
The grants are being directed to 64 projects in 33 states and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Among the recipients is the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority in Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The $450,000 grant will make it easier for veterans and those with disabilities to arrange for rides by phone, smart phone or on the Web.
In the Washington region, Culpeper County, Va. is receiving $172,000 for renovation work and new technology that will expand and upgrade an existing senior center to become a “one-call/one-click” center for those in need of transportation.