2009-05-14 / Front Page

AAA To Buy Transit Buses

STAFF REPORT

The Huntingdon-Bedford- Fulton Area Agency On Aging is scheduled to purchase eight small transit buses in conjunction with a total of $13.2 million in state and federal money now being distributed across the commonwealth.

Gov. Ed Rendell announced Monday afternoon that the local Area Agency on Aging is slated to receive $360,000 to purchase the buses in hopes of providing increased transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.

"Access to public transportation is essential to older citizens and people with disabilities, whose quality of life is affected by their ability to travel where and when they need to," Gov. Rendell said. "These funds will supply the transportation providers with the equipment and vehicles needed to help individuals maintain independence by improving transportation to work and medical appointments."

In distributing the funding, almost $10.6 million is earmarked to go to the Community Transportation Capital Equipment Program, which provides funding for the purchase of transit vehicles and equipment for eligible community transportation providers. The remaining $2.6 million in federal funding will go to 30 private, nonprofit human service transportation providers to cover up to 80 percent of the purchase cost for wheelchairaccessible vehicles.

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