Local transit projects get $1.1 million in federal grants

kleslie@thetribunenews.comSeptember 20, 2013 

An RTA bus heading to Santa Maria prepares to depart from the County Government Center in San Luis Obispo.

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The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments has awarded multiple federal grants totaling more than $1.1 million for SLO County transit projects.

The awards include two Federal Transit Administration planning grants, totaling $82,000 that will fund a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) transit intern position and an update to the Ride-On Transportation short-range transit plan, according to a news release.

In addition, four existing Caltrans grants will continue to be awarded, SLOCOG announced.

Two $400,000 grants will fund the continuation of RTA Route 10 connecting San Luis Obispo County with Santa Maria, and Route 15, which connects North Coast towns such as Morro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria; $119,000 for the SLO Regional Rideshare expansion of the Regional Mobility Management Program; and a $30,000 grant for the Ride-On Transportation Agricultural Vanpools program that provides transportation to remote, rural sites for low-income individuals.

Three specialized service programs also were awarded nearly $140,000: Paso Robles-based nonprofit NCI Affiliates, the Ride-On Transportation and Wilshire Foundation joint Senior Volunteer Driver Service, and San Luis Obispo Transit.

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