2010-07-15 / Local & State

PA Awarded Nearly $9,000,000 In Federal Transit Grants

Two transit projects that will improve transit service, livability and technology received a total of nearly $9 million in Federal Transit Administration funding, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said Monday.

“We need these funds to help rural and urban transit agencies improve services for customers,” Gov. Rendell said. “However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that these grants don’t come close to plugging the current and growing public transit funding hole. We need the General Assembly to act now to identify funding to replace and upgrade equipment, improve technologies and efficiency, and ultimately improve service for Pennsylvanians.”

PennDOT received $5 million to update technologies which support and enhance human service, curbto curb transportation services to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness statewide. Examples include acquiring paratransit scheduling and vehicle locator technology, automated telephone service, Webbased trip scheduling and real-time information access. The grant is matched with $10 million in federal funding PennDOT receives for rural public transportation and $5 million in state discretionary funding. The grant will be distributed over the next five years based upon human service transportation providers’ need, readiness and commitment to implement efficiency measures.

The second grant is nearly $4 million to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, toward the cost of completely renovating the Wayne Junction Intermodal Facility, which was built about a century ago.

Pennsylvania received the grants from a $163 million program administered by U.S. Department of Transportation. The two Pennsylvania grants were among 47 projects aimed at upgrading bus services and facilities through the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Livability Program.

Pennsylvania’s Transportation Advisory Committee issued a report in May identifying $484 million in unmet public transit needs this year. The shortfall grows to more than $3 billion by 2029- 30.

In addition to the two grants announced this week, PennDOT already is working with local transit agencies across the state to improve efficiencies and customer service, including:

Adams and York counties and Bucks, Chester,

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Delaware, Montgomery counties – PennDOT is helping improve management efficiencies and designing multi tiered fare structures.

Clarion County – Penn- DOT is helping to select another organization to propose and implement a new management design for Clarion County human service transportation.

Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union counties – PennDOT will help facilitate discussions about coordination of services between these agencies.

Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry counties – PennDOT will help facilitate discussions about coordination of services between these agencies.

Greene, Washington counties – PennDOT will provide technical assistance to design a new business model to combine or consolidate functions between the two counties and create a satisfactory governance structure.

Lackawanna, Luzerne counties and Hazelton – PennDOT will provide technical assistance to develop a full merger plan focusing initially on the three fixed route systems.

To learn more about Human Service Transportation in Pennsylvania, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.

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