By A. Lee Graham
Catholic Charities Fort Worth will sport new buses using enhanced route and technology thanks to a newly announced $1.1 million grant.
Awarded Wednesday to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) by the Federal Transit Administration, what’s called the Ladders of Opportunities grant is expected to better serve Tarrant County public transit needs.
The T applied for the grant on behalf of Tarrant County and Catholic Charities.
“These new vehicles will be a great help to the folks in our community who have the toughest time getting to the doctor or the grocery store,’ said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, commenting in a news release.
“It is essential that in our Tarrant County community we do what we can to help get transportation for people with disabilities and for older adults,” Whitley said.
Catholic Charities provides several transportation services to meet the mobility needs of county residents traveling outside The T’s service area.
The Ladders of Opportunity grant supports modernizing and expanding bus service and facilities in urban and rural communities. The T was among 24 transit agencies in 19 states to receive the grant.
The T will receive funding to purchase up to 19 vehicles and enhance current technology on behalf of Catholic Charities. The agency provides transit in county cities not served by The T or Arlington’s Handitran.