July 2, 2018

The RTC Board approved $688,863 in grant funding for five local agencies to improve mobility for local seniors and individuals with disabilities. The RTC administers the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Funding Program for the Reno-Sparks area.

Funding was available for projects that support the goals and strategic objectives in the RTC-developed Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan (CTP). These goals represent a regional strategy to increase personal mobility and travel options for people with special-transportation needs in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, specifically seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The following grants have been approved for funding effective October 1, 2018:

  • Senior Outreach Services (SOS) – $63,779

o   Direct-service volunteer outreach program assisting home-bound seniors without support systems with their transportation needs.

  • Washoe County Human Services Agency (WCHSA) – $115,274

o   Expansion of WCHSA’s free transportation services to urbanized areas of Washoe County and areas of the North Valleys that are not accessible to the senior and disabled population.

  • Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition (SNTC) Bucks Program/N4 Accessible Rides Program – $226,686

o   Expansion of the SNTC Bucks Program by providing $40 in Lyft or Uber rides for $10. Participants can purchase up to $160 in rides for $40 per month, as subsidized by the program.

  • Senior Companion Program (SIS) – $101,737

o   Provides transportation social support for seniors 60 years and older who are living independently and have limited access to outside resources.

  • Access to Healthcare Network (AHN) – Non-Emergency Medical Related Transportation $181,387

o   Provides non-emergency medical transportation for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The funding is awarded and distributed over a two-year cycle.

Learn more at https://www.rtcwashoe.com/public-transportation/accessibility