Accessibility

Ohio DOT invests $3M in paratransit

Posted on October 14, 2013

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will invest $3,083,489 in local communities to aid the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled in Ohio. The money will be used to purchase new, previously unavailable vehicles and equipment.
 
“We have an obligation to recognize the needs of the elderly and disabled in our community and do what we can to help get them get where they need to go,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
 
The new equipment will help provide access to medical appointments, employment, grocery shopping, banking and other services. The funding is part of the ODOT’s Specialized Transportation Program. The objective of the program is to increase personal mobility for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
 
Overall, 63 different nonprofit agencies and organizations across 36 different counties in Ohio are receiving the funds.   
 
Terry Fruth, director of finance for Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Williams County has directly seen the benefits this funding has on his facility.
 
“The funding we receive is essential to our program. We serve 240 individuals across four different counties in Northwest Ohio,” Fruth said. “The majorities of the people we serve are developmentally disabled as well as mentally, physically, and economically disabled individuals.  On average we put 40,000 miles per month on all vehicles combined. This year, we will be able to purchase four new, much needed vehicles, to help provide the best service possible to our area.”

A list of the agencies with their locations, vehicles and equipment awarded can be accessed at the Office of Transit’s website or by clicking here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Mobility Ventures donates wheelchair-accessible MV-1 to Fort Worth charity

The event, held in conjunction with APTA's 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference, recognized Catholic Charities Fort Worth for its dedication to providing service to those in need, according to the company. 

ADA Paratransit Eligibility Moving Toward a More Holistic Approach

Since its initial publication in 2003, Easter Seals Project ACTION’s “Determining ADA Paratransit Eligibility: An Approach, Recommendations and Training Materials,” has been the primary resource for agencies that assess individual applications for paratransit service.

Detroit’s SMART Deploys Alt.-Fueled Paratransit Fleet

Detroit’s Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) provides fixed-route and paratransit demand service for residents in southeast Michigan. SMART’s fleet consists of 233 fixed-route buses and 110 Connector buses covering 1,100 square miles.

4ONE unveils new Q'POD ADA securement system

The newly redesigned Q’POD by 4ONE has an automotive-quality height-adjustable shoulder belt. The new seatbelt’s sliding mechanisms operate just like those in most cars and gives the wheelchair occupant three inches of up/down movement, which provides greater comfort for varying passenger heights and wheelchair styles.

Disability advocacy group threatens bus startup Leap with lawsuit

A Chronicle investigation this month found that Leap purchased used, wheelchair-accessible public transit buses and then retrofitted them to add bar-style seating and plush leather armchairs to the spaces once reserved for wheelchairs.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close