Shutdown halts ride program for seniors, disabled in Cumberland
Posted October 11, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County officials announced Friday that the partial federal government shutdown has forced them to suspend a program that provides low-cost, non-medical transportation for senior and disabled citizens.
A total of 503 clients are enrolled in the Community Transportation Program, which offers rides within Cumberland County to qualifying residents who are disabled or over the age of 60. The trips cost $2.25 each way to destinations including grocery stores, libraries, banks, schools, day programs and work.
Officials said in a statement that 273 trips were provided in the two-week period ending Friday. The program is funded by federal grants, and officials said it is uncertain whether the county will be reimbursed for services because of the shutdown.