New equipment will serve veterans, elderly, and persons with disabilities
Contact: Paul Griffo
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff today announced a $468,736 grant to the Clay County Council on Aging to purchase buses and emergency communications equipment that will be used to serve the elderly, veterans and persons with disabilities.
Administrator Rogoff was joined at the Green Cove Springs Senior Center by Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Clay County Council on Aging Executive Director Al Rizer and other officials.
“President Obama has called on us to build an American economy that works for everyone, not just a few,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “That includes access to transportation, so every America has the ability to get to work, to school or to the doctor. Investments like these reflect the President’s vision of a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules.”
Administrator Rogoff’s announcement follows President Obama’s State of the Union address, in which he called for using funds saved from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay down the debt and to support a transportation bill that would clear the way for nation-building here in the United States.
“Thanks to the President’s bold actions, our nation’s economy is growing again. Federal investments in transportation around the country are putting Americans to work and spurring economic development,” said Administrator Rogoff. “We must ensure that veterans, seniors and people with disabilities in rural communities like Clay County are able to participate fully in these gains wherever they live, and improving access to reliable, affordable transportation is the key.”
Administrator Rogoff also spoke about the importance of continuing to fund transit projects nationwide, in the wake of recent efforts in the House to remove a primary source of funding for transit systems.
“With record high transit ridership, now is not the time to retreat from President Obama’s vision of an ‘America built to last’ by eliminating a guaranteed funding source for public transportation that has been in place since the Reagan Administration,” said Administrator Rogoff. “More and more Americans are looking for greater choices in transportation today, and it’s important we provide the funding to ensure transit remains one of the choices.”
The Clay County Council on Aging will use the funds to help purchase seven buses, four of which will replace vehicles that have exceeded their useful lives. This brings the total number of vehicles in the fleet to 40. Funds will also be used to acquire satellite radios to keep the transit system up and running during severe weather or other emergencies.
As Clay County’s community transportation coordinator, the council assures mobility for those who are unable to transport themselves or purchase transportation because of physical or mental disability, income status or age.