HARRISBURG – Gov. Edward G. Rendell Tuesday announced a $2.35 million investment in the state’s welfare-to-work transportation program to help low-income residents in 31 counties get to work.
“This program is critical to helping people overcome transportation barriers that previously prevented them from working,” Rendell said. “By offering them a chance to be independent and provide for themselves and their families, we are creating a better future for them and their children.”
The welfare-to-work transportation program, funded by PennDOT, provides transportation services for free, or at low cost, for low-income residents to help them get to work or take their children to daycare and after-school programs. After a few months in the program, participants begin to pay a portion of the cost of services, which is determined by where the service is being delivered.
Other services offered by the welfare-to-work transportation program include reduced fares on shared-ride service, the purchase of cars, driver training, car insurance, car repair, mileage reimbursement and subsidized fixed-route service in low-income neighborhoods.
Modes of transportation include fixed-route bus service, shared-ride services and volunteers who use their own vehicles. County agencies, transportation organizations and private transportation providers are eligible for grants through this program.
For more information, visit PennDOT’s Web site.
A full list of counties receiving grants is listed below.
Armstrong County Community Action Agency, Kittanning — $65,000.
Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority, Reading — $38,000.
Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan counties
Endless Mountains Transportation Authority, Towanda — $32,000.
Community Action & Development, Butler — $50,000.
Columbia County Transportation, Bloomsburg — $56,000.
Crawford Area Transportation Authority, Meadville — $92,000.
Capital Area Transit, Harrisburg — $133,000.
Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Erie — $125,000.
Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation, Uniontown — $35,000.
Fulton County Partnership Inc., McConnellsburg — $36,000.
Indiana County Department of Human Services, Indiana — $124,000.
Juniata and Mifflin counties
Call-A-Ride Service, Lewistown — $90,000.
County of Lackawanna Transit System, Scranton — $63,000.
Red Rose Transit System, Lancaster — $30,000.
Allied Coordinated Transportation Services, New Castle — $354,000.
County of Lebanon Transit, Lebanon — $30,000.
Lycoming/Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP) Inc., Williamsport — $185,000.
Mercer County Community Transit, Hermitage — $60,000.
Monroe County Transportation Authority, Scotrun — $190,000.
Montour County Transit, Danville — $28,000.
Schuylkill Transportation System, St. Clair — $104,000.
Snyder and Union counties
Union/Snyder Community Action Agency, Selinsgrove — $48,000.
Tableland Services Inc., Somerset — $73,000.
Washington, Greene and Westmoreland counties
Washington County Transportation Authority, Washington — $240,000.
York and Adams counties
York County Transportation Authority, rabbittransit, York — $70,000