By CALVIN PYNN
New River Valley Senior Services, Inc. (NRVSS) is working alongside the Pulaski Area Transit to request funds to obtain new vehicles.
They will request FTA 5317 New Freedom and FTA 5310 funds from Department of Rail and Public Transportation. This will allow the Transit to obtain two nine-passenger raised roof vehicles, and one minivan with a wheelchair ramp.
These vehicles will replace vans that are four years or older, and have more than 100,000 miles. This will enable NRVSS to continue to provide reliable transportation services to the elderly and disabled around the area.
Pulaski Area Transit will request funds for capital and operating expenses under New Freedom from the Commonwealth of Virginia. These funds will be used to support a mobility manager, operating assistance and capital assistance.
Public transportation or para transit operators within the Fourth Planning District can comment on the proposed request by sending a written notice by Feb. 1 to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation-Public Transportation Division, 600 E. Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond VA 23219. Notices can also be sent to NRVSS at 141 E. Main Street, Suite 500, Pulaski VA 24301.