Commission awards public transportation funding
AUSTIN — State transportation officials recently awarded close to $63 million in grants along with approximately 2.9 million transportation development credits (TDC) to support public transportation in Texas.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved the awards at its June meeting Thursday. The money will fund transit projects and services such as purchasing new vehicles and facilities, expanding existing facilities and services, sustaining preventive maintenance programs, and providing financial support for new and existing job-related transportation programs.
To make the awards, the Transportation Commission approved six separate minute orders.
- $28.7 million in state funds were awarded to rural and small urban public transportation providers.
- $15 million and 1.1 million TDC will provide transit service to individuals for job training and work, improve access to existing public transportation services for the disabled, and enhance intercity service connections between cities and rural areas in numerous Texas communities.
- $4.8 million of federal funds and 434,258 TDC will support transit projects aimed at serving elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.
- Of the overall amount, $7.4 million in rural federal funding will assist transit agencies with both operating and capital expenses and the growing demand for more service.
- $100,000 for a project that will assist in providing job related transportation in the Galveston County area.
- About $6.9 million in federal planning funds and 1.4 million of TDC match were allocated statewide to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) for public transportation planning that will improve transit service in urban areas.
In a continuing commitment to assist transit agencies in obtaining the required local match funds for federal grant awards, the Commission highlighted the award of TDC as an innovative financing option for those areas with limited or no local resources. TDC’s are awarded to various transportation agencies to assist with the match of federal funds for capital projects.
Every county in Texas benefits from the services funded through these programs, said Eric Gleason, TxDOT Public Transportation Division director.
“The money will be used throughout the state to improve transit services that bring people to jobs, medical centers, shopping malls and other locations,” he noted. “It’s all about assuring that the public has easy and efficient access to services in their area.”
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