Grant to boost transportation services for military in Wake

Posted November 9, 2011

— Wake County will receive a federal grant to enhance access to local, affordable transportation services for military families and spouses, and wounded warriors, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday.

Many military families live in areas where filling the gas tank for long commutes is expensive and public transportation is limited, LaHood said. Projects funded by the $34.6 million Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative will bridge the gap by enabling states and communities to build or expand so-called “one-click, one-call” centers that offer comprehensive information on local transportation options, as well as other community services, with a single phone call or website visit.

Wake County will use its $601,661 grant for a telephone system that will make a one-call center available around the clock.

“Every service member who returns home or a spouse who relocates to a new community deserves the best possible chance to earn a reliable paycheck and that means having access to reliable transportation choices,” Peter Rogoff, administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, which manages the grants, said in a statement.


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