The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 6, 2014

To lower cost, Enid Transit offering grants

ENID, Okla. — Riding the bus could become cheaper for some locals.

Enid Transit now has grant funding available to assist seniors and low-income members of the community in paying for their public transit options.

Enid Public Transportation Authority General Manager James Neal has announced a new service contract with Long Term Care Authority of Enid to provide assistance to passengers who are 60 years of age or older. Enid Transit also is continuing its grant-funded assistance to low-income passengers through Community Development Block Grant funds made available through the city of Enid.

“We are very pleased to begin this new contract with Long Term Care Authority of Enid to provide transportation assistance to our community’s seniors,” Neal said.

Funding has been made available through the Older Americans Act Transportation Services program, and seniors will be able to ride free or for a reduced fare, as long as funding is available.

“Through a very simple application process, seniors aged 60 and older who aren’t covered through another assistance program will be able to drastically reduce or eliminate their fares to ride Enid Transit,” Neal said. The application process requires only the name, address, date of birth and gender of the passengers.

The current phase of the contract is scheduled to run through the end of the fiscal year on June 30 or until funds are depleted. Neal said Older Americans Act participants are encouraged to donate a portion of their fare, as they are able, to make the program funding stretch further and assist more people.

Enid Transit also is continuing its financial assistance program to low-income passengers through the Community Development Block Grant. People seeking CDBG transportation assistance must complete an application, which includes verification of household income. The income limits are based on federal guidelines, and are on a sliding scale based on total household income and the number of people living in the household.

Qualifying applicants may receive assistance to cover 50, 75 or 100 percent of the cost of their transportation needs, depending on where they fall in the income guidelines. Assistance is provided in six-week increments.

Neal said interest has been lower than expected in the CDBG transportation assistance since the fiscal year began in September.

“The CDBG assistance does require a little bit of paperwork in the application, but that shouldn’t scare anyone off,” Neal said. “We are more than happy to assist anyone who has questions on the application, or who needs help filling it out.”

Both grant applications are available on board Enid Transit vehicles, at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County and online at www.enid.org/transit.  

“We know a significant portion of our passengers and potential passengers could benefit from this assistance. If you need help obtaining an application, call us for a ride and we will bring one to you,” Neal said.

For information on the Older Americans Act and CDBG transportation assistance programs, call (580) 616-7357 or 7358 or email transit@enid.org. To schedule a ride on Enid Transit call (580) 233-RIDE or reserve online at www.enid.org/transit.쇓

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