LeeTran was recently awarded a $1.4 million Federal Transit Administration grant to help veterans and their families overcome transportation challenges.
Speaking at a ceremony outside the soon-to-open VA Lee County HealthCare Center here, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff said, "America's war heroes deserve a chance to support their families, participate in their communities, receive job training and get to work. It's vitally important that we remove barriers to success by making transportation available wherever our veterans choose to live, work and receive care."
LeeTran's grant was one of 64 projects funded by the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Capital Grant Program for 2012. The total amount awarded was $29 million.
Administrator Rogoff praised LeeTran's project because it assembled a strong group of community partners that provide a range of services to veterans. These partners include Lee County Human Services and Veterans Services; GoodWheels; the United Way; the local chapter of the American Red Cross; Goodwill Industries, Florida Gulf Coast University; the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council; Southwest Florida Works; the City of Cape Coral; and the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The funding will be used to program and place information kiosks where veterans and others can access information about all transportation options; to equip LeeTran's bus fleet with an Automatic Vehicle Locating system (AVL) including bus arrival signs at key locations; and to conduct a planning study to facilitate regional coordination of transportation access.