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County to seek federal funds for commuter vans
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
March 27, 2013 02:21 PM | 855 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners gave a unanimous nod to applying for a $2.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant to provide county residents additional transportation alternatives.

During a presentation by County DOT Director Randy Hulsey and Rideshare Division Manager Ron Roberts, the pair presented a list of proposed grant projects for use in the county’s alternative transportation program, which includes Rideshare.

According to Hulsey, if approved, the grant will fund 15 additional Rideshare vans and provide transportation center upgrades, replacing aging closed circuit television units.

“This will include safety and security measures at all Park and Ride lots,” said Hulsey.

Rideshare is a commuter-oriented program that operates work-trip vanpools, provides carpool-matching assistance, builds and maintains commuter facilities and participates in transit and public transportation planning and marketing.

The grant also will fund a transportation feasibility study of the number of alternate programs for people with needs and the elderly who need to access services countywide, he explained.

The funding will be an 80/20 percent split, with the lion’s share of the grant coming from federal dollars. The county would be required to provide as much as 20 percent in matching funds.

Hulsey explained that in the past, GDOT has kicked in 10 percent of the matching funds, but the state’s participation would not be determined until sometime in May or June of this year.

“I am fully expecting that the funding will be 80/10/10 once GDOT has gone through its process,” said Hulsey.

Rideshare manager Ron Roberts will submit the application and provide day-to-day administration of the federal grant. Commission Chairman Tom Worthan praised the program, which includes express bus service between Douglas and downtown and midtown Atlanta. through the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
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