Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mass Transit Funding Comes to Cookeville Area

Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency will receive $1.7 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services in Putnam and surrounding countes. UCHRA plans to use the Recovery Act dollars to add approximately 18 new ADA accessible minivans, 13 ADA accessible vans, and eight new demand response vehicles. They also plan to purchase communications and GPS devices for the new vehicles to assist in locating service calls and one service vehicle. UCHRA also plans to utilize approximately $178,000 of the money for operational costs. UCHRA runs what is called the U-CARTS system of public transportation. You can call 528-1127 for more information about it.