At Wednesday’s meeting, the Tallahassee City Commission is expected to approve the staff’s request to submit the FY 2021-2022 Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment Grant application. The grant, as proposed, will provide up to $600,000 in funding for non-sponsored transportation services to disabled citizens traveling within Leon County.
What qualifies someone to be considered “Transportation Disabled?”
Citizens who have limited or no access to transportation and are either disabled, elderly, a child at-risk, or low-income are considered Transportation Disabled. The grant will continue a program that has supported the residents of Leon County with limited mobility for a number of years.
StarMetro has served as the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged designated Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for Leon County since February 2002. The program is mandatory for all Florida counties and is funded through grants and voluntary contributions. The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged manages funds for the Transportation Disadvantaged in each county.
The grant, if approved, will also allow the City of Tallahassee to access the funds necessary for citizen’s travel needs while ensuring accessible and affordable public transportation.
Trips provided by the Transportation Disadvantaged in Leon County are either sponsored or unsponsored. Sponsored trips are funded through state services such as Medicaid and unsponsored trips are funded through grants and local services such as Leon County or the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.