|NASHVILLE – Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Wednesday that Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Agency will receive $2.4 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services.
The MCHRA provides public transportation for citizens in Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson and Davidson Counties.
“Many Tennesseans, particularly those with limited mobility, already rely on public transportation for their daily needs and many others would like to see expanded transit options,” Bredesen said. “The Recovery Act funds announced today will help rural transit providers in Tennessee improve service and replace aging fleets with safer, more reliable vehicles.”
A total of $17.9 million in Recovery Act funds will be provided to 12 rural transit agencies in Tennessee.
“Public transportation is a key component to attracting new businesses and spurring economic development,” Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Murfreesboro) said. “As the economy recovers from this recession, improving public transit in our state’s rural communities will help make these areas more desirable for businesses to set up shop and create new jobs.”
MCHRA plans to use the dollars to replace approximately 24 aging demand-response vehicles, 16 ADA compliant minivans, supplies and uniforms, approximately 10 new vehicles for fleet expansion and for GPS units to assist in locating service calls.
“These funds will allow MCHRA to expand service and provide reliable, safe transport options to our rural communities,” Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) said. “Increased availability and dependable transit choices will serve customers well in these challenging times.”
Federal Recovery Act Transit funds are administered by TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources.
Tennessee received a total of $72 million in Recovery Act transit funds. Of those funds, $42.2 million was directed by the federal government to the state’s four large urban areas – Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
“Many of the vans and buses in the rural transportation fleets have accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles over the years and have outlasted their useful life,” TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said. “Replacing these vehicles will allow transit agencies to provide safer, more dependable service to their customers and will generate manufacturing work for the companies providing the vehicles.”
For more information on TDOT’s Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources visit www.tn.gov/tdot. For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit www.recovery.gov. For TDOT specific information on the Recovery Act visit www.tn.gov/tdot/recovery.