Small urban and rural transit agencies in Texas are getting a much needed boost in funding. The Texas Transportation Commission approved $95.1 million in funding to be awarded to the agencies. The funds come from state and federal resources and will support agencies in the state, transportation, healthcare, and education.
The funds will go to 79 public transportation providers and planning agencies to operate and maintain a critical network of integrated mobility services, including:
- East Texas Council of Governments - Tyler and Longview are working together to provide a seamless network of transportation services through a combination of state and federal grant programs that address the diverse needs of their communities.
- Bluebonnet Trails Community Services - Employing around-the-clock language services, allowing mobility managers to supply better coordinated transit for non-English speaking individuals.
- Rolling Plains Management Corporation - The construction of an Administrative and Operations Center to house its SHARP Lines Rural Public Transportation dispatch, administration and training activities. The new facility includes approximately 6,000 square feet of office space attached to the existing bus storage and maintenance building in Crowell, Texas. The new facility provides a safe and efficient office and training space large enough to accommodate additional drivers, fleet maintenance and dispatch administrative staff.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) explained that the funding supports agencies like Southwest Area Regional Transit District.
"Rural communities and surrounding areas can sometimes have limited options for transportation, and these transit agencies provide a lifeline for those who need it most,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Alvin New said. “This funding will help make sure Texans can get to where they need to go safely and reliably.”
For a full list of funding, click here.