Federal Funding Will Remove Barriers to Traditional Transportation Services and Enhance Community Mobility Alternatives
Applications For Funding Being Accepted Through August 21 Available Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $28.7 million in federal funding is available to help communities eliminate barriers to traditional transportation services and enhance public mobility alternatives for seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.
"New York remains committed to enhancing transportation mobility, especially for seniors and individuals with disabilities – and with this federal funding, we will increase access to safe, reliable transportation in communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage local governments and organizations to apply for funding, help improve public transit, and support our efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers in every region of this state."
This new grant opportunity will enable private not-for-profit organizations and municipal governments to:
- Purchase accessible buses and vans;
- Implement mobility management programs;
- Provide travel training and assistance to users; and
- Improve the accessibility of bus stops, including sidewalks, curb-cuts, and updated signage or wayfinding technology.
These funds, made available to the state through the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, are provided through the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310). The program will provide up to 80 percent of capital project-related costs and 50 percent of operating assistance and mobility management activities, with the remaining non-federal share provided by project applicants.
The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this program opportunity through August 21, 2017. Applications, program guidance and webinar information may be found here.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Governor Cuomo's commitment to improving mobility by ensuring the availability of safe, affordable transportation options will continue to allow older New Yorkers and individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence and live and work in their communities. Qualifying organizations committed to improving the mobility and quality of life for seniors and persons with disabilities are encouraged to submit an application for this grant program."
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Acting Commissioner Kerry A. Delaney said, "This investment is wonderful news for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. Governor Cuomo continues to take action to enable the people we serve to exercise their right to live as integrated and contributing members of their communities. For people with disabilities, transportation equals opportunity. Mobility provides access to a world of possibilities; from employment to education to life-enriching services and supports."
New York State Office for the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and recognition that mobility and transportation access are paramount to living with autonomy in the community. This funding to enhance public mobility for older adults and people with disabilities will help individuals remain connected to the vital community resources they need to remain healthy and engaged, and supports the Governor's strong commitment to make New York the first age-friendly state in the nation. I encourage qualified organizations across the state to apply for this grant program to help improve the lives of all New Yorkers."
President of the New York Public Transit Association and CEO of RGRTA Bill Carpenter said, "The availability of this federal transit funding will help urban and rural transit systems to improve vital transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities throughout the state. We thank Governor Cuomo for his continuing commitment to public transit in our communities."
Capital District Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Carm Basile said, "We applaud Governor Cuomo's continued focus on the infrastructure. Improving and increasing mobility throughout the state has been a priority for the Governor who understands the needs of seniors and people with disabilities. These needs change depending on whether people live in cities or rural parts of our state and this funding recognizes that by targeting funds to systems who work to meet those specific needs."