The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, funded and managed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), supports efforts by local governments and transit agencies to implement technologies—ranging from “smart phone” applications to real-time transit bus locator information—that make it easier for veterans and others to access and schedule rides on available buses, vans, taxis and other transportation systems.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced $29 million in grants to provide improved access to local transportation for veterans and their families, wounded warriors and other military personnel, helping them find affordable rides to work, school, shopping, medical care and other destinations in their communities. The Atlanta Regional Commission is one of four recipients out of 66 projects and 33 states and the Northern Mariana Islands to be selected for funding.
The ARC was awarded $50,000 to raise awareness of the one-click mobility management software project, increase the number of users, and establish a trained corps of volunteers to host training sessions throughout the 18-county metro area. The one-click mobility management software will include an easy to use web-based public interface and will link veterans, older adults, persons with disabilities and others to existing and future mobility options available throughout the region. The one-click mobility management software project is also funded through the FY 2011 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant. More information on the FTA program and a list of recipients may be found here.