Applications Now Accepted for Public Transportation Rural Operating Assistance Program Friday, May 18, 2012

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Division is currently accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2013 Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP) grant program. ROAP is a state-funded public transportation program that consolidates three grants into a single application package.

County governments and eligible transportation authorities can apply for their county’s designated share of $18.8 million available through the following programs:

Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program (EDTAP)
EDTAP provides operating assistance funds for the transportation of elderly and disabled citizens, enabling them to reside for a longer period of time in their homes, enhancing their quality of life. A total of $7.7 million is available through this program;

Employment Transportation Assistance Program (EMPL)
EMPL is intended to help Department of Social Services clients who have transitioned off the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Work First program in the last 12 months, as well as Workforce Development Program participants and the general public for travel to work, training and other employment-related destinations. A total of $3 million is available through this program; and

Rural General Public Program (RGP)
RGP is intended to provide transportation services for individuals in rural areas who are not receiving transportation benefits from human service agencies or organizations. The county, in consultation with the Community Transportation System, must determine the RGP services to be provided with RGP funds. A total of $8.1 million is available through this program.

By consolidating these three programs into one application, NCDOT-PTD staff will be able to better understand services that will be provided and assure that funds will be used as intended.

The deadline to apply for ROAP funding is June 20. To view application materials, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit and click on “Grant and Program News.”

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $436 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.

For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.


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