Governor Walker approves $1.7 million for specialized public transportation
January 4, 2013
Governor Scott Walker approved today 25 grants totaling $1,744,982 for projects to enhance local transportation options for Wisconsin residents with disabilities. The federally-funded New Freedom program is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
"These grants will help support new public transportation services and alternatives that go beyond what is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act," said Governor Walker. "We are committed to providing easily-accessible and readily-available transportation means for individuals with disabilities."
New Freedom program grants are awarded for capital and operating expenses. Several projects will continue supporting mobility managers to coordinate rides and vehicles, so existing vehicles and services can be utilized. Other projects will provide transportation services, such as volunteer driver and voucher programs for individuals with disabilities, or projects that assist in making bus stops wheelchair accessible.
The matching grant program provides 50 percent to 80 percent of project costs, depending on whether the request is for operating or capital expenses. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, local governments and operators of public transportation services.
For more information about the New Freedom program, visit the WisDOT web site.
NOTE: See attached list for 2013 grant recipients and award amounts.
For more information, contact:
Judy Foss, WisDOT New Freedom program manager
(608) 266-8968, firstname.lastname@example.org