Federal Funding Available For Mobility Needs

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $28.7 million in federal funding is available to help communities eliminate barriers to traditional transportation services and enhance public mobility alternatives for seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

This new grant opportunity will enable private nonprofit organizations and municipal governments to:

• Purchase accessible buses and vans;
• Implement mobility management programs;
• Provide travel training and assistance to users; and
• Improve the accessibility of bus stops, including sidewalks, curb-cuts, and updated signage or wayfinding technology.

These funds, made available to the state through the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, are provided through the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310). The program will provide up to 80 percent of capital project-related costs and 50 percent of operating assistance and mobility management activities, with the remaining non-federal share provided by project applicants.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and recognition that mobility and transportation access are paramount to living with autonomy in the community,” said New York State Office for the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen.

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this program opportunity through Monday, Aug. 21.

Visit www.dot.ny.gov/public-transportation for applications, program guidance and webinar information.

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