U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration has awarded $50,000 to the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Stark County (SARTA) to improve access to transportation options for veterans in Stark County. SARTA will use the funds to implement an outreach and education plan to work with county veteran service organizations, the VA Outpatient Clinic, Youngstown State University's Office of Veterans Affairs, and other partners to promote a One-Call/One-Click Center for veterans seeking to use public transportation.
"Stark County is home to thousands of veterans and military families. Whether they need to access services at the local VA or just to get to work, our veterans--like all Ohioans--deserve access to reliable transportation," Brown said. "These funds will help improve the coordination of rides and public transit options for military families in the Canton area."
The grant was awarded through the DOT's Fiscal Year 2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative that will help veterans, active service members, and military families learn about locally-available transportation services.
As Stark County is home to more than 30,000 veterans, SARTA will promote its One-Call/One-Click center, which will coordinate information and trip planning for Proline paratransit service and two private transportation providers. These new developments will make it easier for Stark County veterans to schedule trips to employment, medical and other services.