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RTA to Administer Funding for 10 Chicago Accessibility Projects

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in Chicago recently received $7.3 million for 10 projects to enhance accessibility and expand available mobility options for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Of the total, $4.3 million comes from the federal Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program. Project sponsors (non-profit agencies and organizations in the Chicago area that submitted applications) will provide $3 million in local matches.

The program is the only available source of federal public transit funds for projects that serve older adults and individuals with disabilities that exceed ADA requirements.

“The RTA is proud to administer dollars that help local governments and nonprofit agencies provide these specialized transit services for seniors and people with disabilities,” said Executive Director Leanne Redden.

FTA awarded the funding to RTA, which joined a project selection team to review the 10 submitted applications, solicited from the pool of previously funded projects.
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