RALEIGH - The
N.C. Department of Transportation's Public Transportation Division is hosting a series of workshops aimed at informing human service agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and public transportation providers of federally funded public transportation grant programs for employment-related transportation, as well as transportation for the elderly and disabled.
The workshops, titled "Federal Grant Funds to Transport Elderly and Disabled Individuals and for Access to Jobs," will take place throughout the state from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4. They will focus on the following three grant programs funded through the Federal Transit Administration that total approximately $14 million:
- Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program -Provides funding for transportation services that meet the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities who do not have mass transportation services available to them or the services are insufficient or inappropriate for their needs;
- Job Access and Reverse Commute Program -Provides funding to go towards improving access to transportation services for low-income individuals for employment and related activities, and to transport residents of urban and non-urban areas to suburban employment centers; and
- New Freedom Program -Provides funding for new services and facility improvements to address the transportation needs of people with disabilities that go beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Participants will learn the goals of each program and eligible program activities, how to apply for the funds, what happens once a grant is awarded and how to use state-awarded transit funds as a local match for federal funds. Each workshop will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will not be provided.
Workshops will take place on the following dates and locations:
Monday, Oct. 24
Kinston City Complex Training Room
2360 Highway 258 South
Kinston, N.C. 28504
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center
2327 Tipton Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28206
Thursday, Oct. 27
Haywood County Library
678 Haywood Street
Waynesville, N.C. 28786
Friday, Oct. 28
Brunswick Community College -Leland Center Rooms 208 and 209
2050 Enterprise Drive
Leland, N.C. 28451
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Guilford Technical Community College -Percy Sears Technology Building, first floor Auditorium
601 High Point Road
Jamestown, N.C. 27282
Wednesday, Nov. 2
College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Campus -Foreman Technology Center Room 121A
1208 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, N.C. 27906-2327
Friday, Nov. 4
Training and Development Center -Room 203
313 Chapanoke Road
Raleigh, N.C. 27603
All facilities are ADA accessible.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the
NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $250 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.
For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit