December 22, 2010

FTA awards $20M for motorcoach accessibility

Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 128 intercity and tour bus lines will share in a total of $20 million to help meet the 2012 federal deadline for making motorcoaches accessible to riders using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The money comes from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Over-the-Road Bus Program.

"Most of us don't think twice about the simple act of getting on a bus," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Yet for millions who use mobility devices for independence such as wheelchairs, a broken or non-existent lift can interrupt a commute to work or cause someone to miss a visit with friends or family. This investment will ensure greater mobility for all."

While the majority of awardees received under $100,000 for one or two wheelchair lifts, Greyhound of Dallas, which has a fleet of more than 1,200 coaches, will receive $5.3 million to purchase 146 lifts. Funds will also be used to train bus line personnel in the proper operation and maintenance of the lifts, boarding assistance, securing wheelchairs and other related functions.

"Public transportation, including intercity and tour bus service, should be available to everyone who wants to use it," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. "This important investment will help ensure that happens."

First authorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century in 1998, the Over the Road Bus Program makes federal funding available for bus lines to accommodate people with disabilities by adding lifts and other accessibility components to new vehicles and by retrofitting existing vehicles.

To view a complete list of bus lines receiving Over the Road Bus grants, click here.

 

deli.cio.us digg it stumble upon newsvine
[ Request More Info about this product / service / company ]


E-NEWSLETTER

Receive the latest Metro E-Newsletters in your inbox!

Join the Metro E-Newsletters and receive the latest news in your e-mail inbox once a week. SIGN UP NOW!

View the latest eNews
Express Tuesday | Express Thursday | University Transit

White Papers

Mass Transit Capital Planning An overview of the world-class best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and funding capital projects to optimize resources and align with the organization’s most critical immediate and long-term goals.

The Benefits of Door-to-Door Service in ADA Complementary Paratransit Many U.S. transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of ADA service, the costs, and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service, which is the method of choice for a significant majority of agencies. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.

Mass transit mobile Wi-Fi & the public sector case study How Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority successfully implemented Wi-Fi on its light rail and bus lines

More white papers


STORE
METRO Magazine - February/March 2013

METRO Magazine
Here are the Highlight:
  • Federal Policy Will Depend on Available Revemues
  • Proterra to Power S.C. Town with All-Electric Fleet
  • Passengers Seek More Ways to Pay Fares
    And much more…
  •  
    DIGITAL EDITION

    The full contents of Metro Magazine on your computer! The digital edition is an exact replica of the print magazine with enhanced search, multimedia and hyperlink features. View the current issue