Dorchester weighs additional funding for senior programs

The Dorchester County Council has reallocated $20,000 to the senior programs facilitated by Delmarva Community Services, after hearing a plea from the programs’ director, Santo Grande.

Maryland projects to receive funding Maryland projects selected to receive funding are as follows: • Baltimore County, Maryland, will receive $1.65 million to purchase new buses, and new infrastructure for the proposed Towson Circulator project. This proposed project will improve access and mobility for the transit riding public through the creation of a new transit service. • Shore Transit, the public transportation division of the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, will receive $850,000 to purchase new vehicles to replace older vehicles that have reached their useful life. This project will improve safety, state of good repair and improve service reliability for patrons who rely on bus service in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester. • The St. Mary’s Transit System which provides service in St. Mary’s County, MD, will receive $76,500 to expand its vehicle maintenance facility for its bus fleet. FTA received applications for 318 eligible projects totaling approximately $1.9 billion in funding requests, from a total of 270 applicants in 43 states and territories. In Fiscal Year 2019, FTA has made available more than $12 billion in funding through both formula and competitive grant programs to support public transportation.

EASTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Monday, Nov. 25 that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award $423 million in transit infrastructure grants nationwide.

The grants will give the opportunity to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. Delmarva Community Services will receive $248,000 to purchase new vehicles and support infrastructure. This project will improve safety, state of good repair and enhance mobility for riders in Kent, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties.

According to Delmarva Community Services President/CEO Santos Grande, a portion of the grant will go to Dorchester County and the estimated other half will go to the upper shore in Kent, Caroline and Talbot Counties. One van and one bus will be given to Dorchester County, and one van and one bus and one van will be given to the Upper Shore counties.

“The lead county at this present time is Talbot County. One (grant) is under Talbot, as they call it the Upper Shore, and one is for Dorchester, so we have two separate grants,” said Grande.“It was a cooperative effort between Delmarva Community Services, the four counties in partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. Partial grants are funding that will help the preventative maintenance for the Upper Shore and Dorchester.”

In total, Maryland will receive $2.8 million for four projects, including Delmarva Community Services, from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

“Public bus systems throughout the country provide millions of Americans access to jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, and other vital services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The funding supports efforts to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities.

“More people travel by bus than any other form of public transportation,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This Administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure and helping to improve bus service nationwide.”

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