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PTRC receives $20,000 grant for accessible transportation

Post Date:09/07/2018 10:22 AM

The PTRC Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce that we were awarded a $20,000 grant from The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) to develop program innovations for increasing accessible transportation in our community. The grant funds are provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) cooperative agreement with the NADTC Community Solutions Grant Program on Accessible Transportation.

This competitive grant seeks to test and refine innovative ideas for increasing accessible transportation and to develop community support and commitment to move toward full implementation. Each selected grantee proposed a project that will facilitate partnerships among aging, disability and transportation programs and engage riders and potential users of transportation services in their work.  The PTRC AAA was selected from among forty-eight proposals from applicants in twenty-eight states.

Local public transportation is the critical link to enable older adults and people with disabilities to access employment, health care and other needed community services, yet for many, those services are unavailable, inadequate or underutilized. Transportation counters social isolation, facilitating engagement in life enhancing activities and connections to family, friends and the community at large. NADTC’s community grants will target areas with high need and limited resources, strengthen connections between transportation and human services programs, and create practical, accessible solutions that are long-lasting as well as adaptable by other communities.  Through the money provided by the grant, the PTRC AAA will seek to organize strategic collaborations to identify ways to address gaps in transportation services to older adults after they are released from hospitals and emergency rooms.

For more information about this exciting project you may contact Blair Barton-Percival, Director for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, at bbpercival@ptrc.org.