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Governor cuomo announces $28.7 million available to fund mobility needs for seniors a
Federal Funding Will Remove Barriers to Traditional Transportation
Services and Enhance Community Mobility Alternatives
Applications For Funding Being Accepted Through August 21
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today 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.
"New York remains committed to enhancing transportation mobility,
especially for seniors and individuals with disabilities – and with this
federal funding, we will increase access to safe, reliable transportation
in communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage local
governments and organizations to apply for funding, help improve public
transit, and support our efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers in
every region of this state."
This new grant opportunity will enable private not-for-profit
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.
The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting
applications for this program opportunity through August 21, 2017.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J.
Driscoll said, "Governor Cuomo's commitment to improving mobility by
ensuring the availability of safe, affordable transportation options will
continue to allow older New Yorkers and individuals with disabilities to
maintain their independence and live and work in their communities.
Qualifying organizations committed to improving the mobility and quality
of life for seniors and persons with disabilities are encouraged to submit
an application for this grant program."
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Acting
Commissioner Kerry A. Delaney said, "This investment is wonderful news for
New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. Governor
Cuomo continues to take action to enable the people we serve to exercise
their right to live as integrated and contributing members of their
communities. For people with disabilities, transportation equals
opportunity. Mobility provides access to a world of possibilities; from
employment to education to life-enriching services and supports."
New York State Office for the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen said, "I
applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and recognition that mobility
and transportation access are paramount to living with autonomy in the
community. This funding to enhance public mobility for older adults and
people with disabilities will help individuals remain connected to the
vital community resources they need to remain healthy and engaged, and
supports the Governor's strong commitment to make New York the first
age-friendly state in the nation. I encourage qualified organizations
across the state to apply for this grant program to help improve the lives
of all New Yorkers."
Capital District Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Carm
Basile said, "We applaud Governor Cuomo's continued focus on the
infrastructure. Improving and increasing mobility throughout the state has
been a priority for the Governor who understands the needs of seniors and
people with disabilities. These needs change depending on whether people
live in cities or rural parts of our state and this funding recognizes
that by targeting funds to systems who work to meet those specific needs."