Cobb County Government

Grant to help disabled

Staff Reports

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded the Cobb County Department of Transportation with $528,850 in federal funding to support development of a voucher program for disabled residents.

Officials said the funding will be used to reach disabled residents who live outside the Cobb Community Transit service areas.

"Our plan is to initially target individuals who lost their paratransit service as a result of recent service cuts to provide assistance with securing alternative transportation options," Transportation Planning Manager Laraine A. Vance said. "We have a long list of persons already identified who fall in this category and are so pleased to be able to offer some assistance to those who face transportation and mobility challenges on a daily basis."

The funds are a portion of the $3.3 million awarded by the ARC to 11 recipients which operate transportation programs or transit routes that serve individuals who do not drive because of age, disability or because they cannot afford a car.

The funding is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s grant program and is distributed annually.