Management & Operations

DART receives $1M Toyota grant to boost medical access

Posted on April 7, 2016

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) received a $1 million grant from Toyota Motor North America Inc. to support essential transportation assistance for residents in Northern Collin County needing help getting to medical facilities and physician’s visits.

The grant was announced during Toyota’s “Hello Texas” event at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The grant supports the continuation of the 90-day interim service presently funded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and several northern Collin County cities. The service was previously operated by Texoma Area Paratransit Service. It is expected the Toyota grant will fund a taxi-type extension to the demand-response operation in Collin County provided by DART and the COG.

The $1 million dollar grant funds the service for a minimum of 12 more months. COG is evaluating options to further extend these services while long-term funding mechanisms can be established.

This extension will be a subscription-based service for eligible seniors and disabled patrons who need non-emergency medical transportation. Customers contribute a portion of the cost for each trip with the balance funded by the grant. It is expected the extended service will be mostly provided by Collin County taxi operators.

DART’s board of directors is scheduled to vote on an agreement to accept the donation during a meeting later this month. Receipt of the grant and the new service to paratransit-eligible customers will have no impact on DART’s budget or financial plan.

“We are grateful to Toyota for their leadership and commitment to their new home,” DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said. Toyota is in the process of relocating their North American headquarters to Plano. “While we have excellent service in Plano, it is important that regional leaders find ways to connect those in other parts of Collin County to the services they need.”

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

More News

Laketran promotes Capelle to GM post

Ben Capelle will succeed Ray Jurkowski, who announced his retirement earlier this year and has served Laketran as GM since 2003.

Congressional leaders ask FCC to investigate impact of MBTA Wi-Fi project

The project would mean the installation of hundreds of 74-foot poles along every mile of track. However, as affected communities have learned details about the project, opposition has continued to gather steam.

COTA appoints interim president/CEO

Emille Williams, the agency's current VP, operations, will take over the position on Oct. 1 after the departure of current President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt.

Calif.'s SolTrans taps Kranda as executive director

Beth Kranda, who succeeds Mona Babauta, currently serves as Deputy Director of Transit, the City of Santa Rosa’s senior transit position.

City of New York makes recommendations for MTA subway plan

The plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team comes ahead of the release of the MTA's so-called "subway turnaround plan" next week.

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