55 Federal Grants to Enhance Transportation Options for Military Families, Veterans
The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $34.6 million for 55 projects in 32 states and Guam to enhance access to local, affordable transportation services for military families and spouses, and wounded warriors.
The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative is intended to aid military families that live in communities where public transportation is limited. Projects funded by the program enable states and communities to build or expand “one-click, one-call” centers that offer comprehensive information on local transportation options, and other community services. Such information typically is not available in one convenient place.
Examples of projects receiving federal funds include:
- $2 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to work with the state’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to create a network of four regional one-call centers and websites that bring individual transportation providers together into a regionally coordinated system to meet the needs of area military families, veterans and others.
- $614,000 to the Colorado Department of Transportation to create an information and assistance center and a coordinated scheduling center for the Denver region, which is home to nearly 200,000 veterans.
- $608,000 to the Indian Nations Council of Governments in the Tulsa, Okla., region to create a coordinated one-call transportation center covering 26 counties, including Muskogee, where a VA Medical Center veterans transportation service pilot project is under way. The center will connect numerous rural transit and veteran transportation providers as a way to address ongoing transportation needs.
A complete list of funded projects is available at the Federal Transit Administration’s website.