Commission Approves Funds to Help Texans Get to Work
AUSTIN, August 3, 2015 – AUSTIN — In an effort to provide transportation solutions for transit users, the Texas Transportation Commission awarded more than $66 million in federal and state funds to enhance rural and urban mobility programs across the state. The programs provide services to Texans – including veterans, seniors and people with disabilities – who want help getting to work, school, healthcare facilities and other important destinations.
“These services enhance independence and quality of life for our state’s public transit users,” said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). “There is an increasing demand for these mobility programs, and we are proud to work with our partners to meet this demand and offer meaningful transportation solutions for Texans.”
The transit agencies supported by these mobility programs reported more than 34 million trips in 2014. In addition to work, school and healthcare facilities, the funds awarded will help Texas transit users get to church, community programs and other events. The funds also help address congestion relief in rapidly growing metropolitan areas by providing park-and-ride commuter services, vanpools and other transportation options for those who choose to commute via public transportation.
Each year, TxDOT administers state and federal public transportation grant programs totaling approximately $90 million. Many of these awards include transportation development credits that support eligible capital project investments, including vehicles, facilities, equipment and preventive maintenance.