County Receives Funding for New Bus for Senior & Disabled Residents
(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Warren S. Wallace announced today that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Board has approved Gloucester County to receive federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation Air Quality) Initiative funding in the amount of $70,000 to purchase a new bus in FY' 2011.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said that the new bus will replace an older diesel bus in the county fleet to improve air quality and service senior citizens and residents with disabilities. This bus was awarded to Gloucester County following submission of a funding request made by the Gloucester County Planning Division and approved by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
"This new bus is a vital part of providing quality transportation to our residents and to our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. The ability to maintain a newer fleet of vehicles shows our dedication to acquiring buses whenever possible through federal grants at no cost to the County," Sweeney said.
The Gloucester County Division of Transportation Services (GCDTS) operates a fleet of 42 vehicles with 27 buses. In 2009, DTS delivered over 162,000 to senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-income residents for non-emergency medical transportation, work-related activities and essential business appointments.
Freeholder Wallace, liaison to the Gloucester County Division of Transportation Services, said that the new bus should be received in 2011 will replace a 2001 bus that has over 165,000 miles. DTS has a relatively modern fleet of buses with 21 of the buses being model year 2006 or newer.
"Many of us take for granted the freedom that comes with being able to own a car and drive,"said Freeholder Warren S. Wallace. "But for those who don't drive, community transportation allows many elderly and disabled residents the opportunity to continue to live independently. It is important for people to be able to have access to dependable transportation," Wallace stated.