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Posted on: May 12, 2016

PASSAIC COUNTY FREEHOLDERS RECEIVE GRANT TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION

PASSAIC COUNTY FREEHOLDERS RECEIVE GRANT TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION
Funds to focus on upgraded transportation options for seniors and residents with disabilities
(Passaic County, NJ) - The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders received a grant from the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP), totaling $752,225. The funding will be used to improve transportation services for senior citizens and residents with disabilities.

“We want to ensure increased accessibility to transportation for seniors and those with disabilities,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “This is a priority and the county.”

This grant allows Passaic County to coordinate transportation services with other organizations, conduct planning studies, and improve implementation of transportation options.
Funds for this grant have been reduced, for example Passaic County received $873,111 in 2014, and $1,075,061 in 2013. The decreased funding has resulted in a decrease in the number of county buses and the overall use of public transportation around the state. There were 565,876 fewer trips in 2012 compared to 2008. Despite the reduction in funds, Passaic County is one of five counties that have increased the number of annual rides over this period.

“Passaic County was one of only a handful of counties that has increased public transportation options with less money.” said Freeholder Pat Lepore, who is also the Chair of the Budget Committee.

NJ Transit studies show that a majority of trips taken on public transportation were for medical purposes. But, in Passaic County, we also have a lot of people using public transportation for recreation and shopping, more than any other county,” added Director Theodore “TJ” Best.
For those that cannot make the public meeting on June 16th, NJ Transit also accepts written comments and requests. Any comments that you wish to give to NJ Transit can be sent to One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ 07105 or emailed to jzucek@njtransit.com. If you want to submit a request or comment to Passaic County, you can visit passaiccountynj.org/requesttracker.aspx to submit a citizen request.

The Freeholders have also announced a special public hearing on June 16th at the County’s Department of Senior Services at 930 Riverview Drive at 10am, to get input from the public on how to spend the money.

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