Metro will get 22 new vehicles to help transport elderly and disabled residents, as part of a $6 million package of federal funds.
The National Capital Transportation Planning Board approved funds for 17 projects in the area, all designed to expand transit options for older people and those with disabilities.
Another $1.8 million in matching grants brings the total funding to $7.9 million. More than 1,200 local transportation agencies, non-profit organizations, and private transportation providers were eligible to apply for the federal grant money. The funds come from Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program
Metro will receive $1.45 million for 22 new paratransit vehicles to replace part of its Metro Access fleet.
Here’s a rundown of the other grant recipients and their projects:
-Capitol Hill Village - $664,683 to bolster its volunteer driver program to support older residents.
-Jewish Council for the Aging - $644, 427 to increase capacity for its Volunteer Driver Resource Center in Maryland and Virginia.
-Montgomery County Department of Transportation - $1.11 million to boost the subsidy for the Call-n-Ride taxi voucher program.
-Arc of Northern Virginia - $374,959 expand the “Train the Travel Trainer” program that helps people with intellectual disabilities travel via Metro.
-Dulles Area Transportation Association - $187,912 to recruit bilingual and Spanish speaking volunteers and drivers.
-Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services - $488,062 to promote travel training and provide more information about transportation options.
-City of Rockville - $495,000 to construct missing sidewalks and improve bus stops in Rockville.
-Boat People SOS - $81,200 to provide training and a transportation guidebook for the Vietnamese-speaking population.
-The Arc of Greater Prince William - $346,879 for six vehicles used to transport adults with disabilities.