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

Moovit adds comprehensive wheelchair access feature to app

The feature adds to other industry-leading features the company has implemented on its app to help transit riders with disabilities. 

Study focuses on economics of transportation needs for rural elderly

Rural residents are sometimes forced to make the difficult decision of staying in place or moving closer to healthcare and other services.

D.C. MetroAccess adding more than 200 new paratransit vans to fleet

The vans are manufactured by Ford with modifications performed by Transit Works in Akron, Ohio, at a total cost of $65,000 per vehicle.

GRTC, reservation network co. partner for on-demand paratransit service

Customer benefits include direct, non-stop service; requesting a trip for same-day service; and flexibility to schedule a reservation up to 30 days in advance.

MBTA testing new tech to help blind find bus stops

The agency will install Bluetooth beacons on bus stop signs that can communicate via a smartphone app to tell users how close they are to the stop.

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 number 1 resource for vocational 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