March 25, 2013

Fund launched to cover N. Kentucky paratransit fees

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and its Board of Trustees launched a special fund to help pay for paratransit services for customers who can't afford it.

TANK’s Northern Kentucky-based Regional Area Mobility Program (RAMP) is the door-to-door shared-ride service available to disabled citizens in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties who are unable to use regular routes or a traditional bus.

“The fee for this important service is nominal ($2.50 per ride), but it adds up quickly for those who are on a fixed income and must use it frequently,” said Bryan Carlisle, TANK board chairman.

To help address this challenge, TANK board members responded and provided personal gifts to launch the PROJECT RAMP Fund. Shortly after its creation, TANK employees also contributed to the fund and are continuing to do so by payroll deductions.

“PROJECT RAMP now provides financial assistance to registered RAMP users who find it difficult to pay for their transportation on RAMP,” said Carlisle. “We are thrilled to give back to the community in this way, and we hope the community of Northern Kentucky sees the impact it can make for these individuals and contribute to the fund as well.”

In a special presentation at TANK offices earlier this month, seven RAMP riders received their official notification of extra financial assistance for RAMP services. Riders must qualify for RAMP under the Americans with Disabilities Act and demonstrate certain levels of economic disadvantage.  

The Foundation will administer the PROJECT RAMP fund, support the application process and accept additional support and donations. Heritage Bank also donated a special fee-free account to collect funds for PROJECT RAMP, ensuring that 100% of donations are applied to the PROJECT RAMP fund.  

“This entire process and these partnerships have shown how Northern Kentucky can come together and make a difference,” said Cynthia Lawhorn Williams, CEO of the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky, who officially presented the awards.  

“PROJECT RAMP means that we can make a difference by not letting transportation be a factor in hindering a quality of life,” said Gina Douthat, director, communications and development for TANK. “Our RAMP riders often have multiple health conditions and may need many doctor visits, for example, and having to cut back on those visits can lessen their care. PROJECT RAMP can help bridge that gap and make it a non-issue.”

To learn more about PROJECT RAMP or to make a tax-deductible donation, go to the PROJECT RAMP website.

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