Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Capital Grants Program
General grant information
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative made $30 million available to local government agencies to finance capital costs of implementing, expanding or increasing access to local One-Call/One-Click Transportation Resource Centers. The purpose of the initiative was to improve access to transportation resources for veterans, military families and other clients by connecting customers in one place to rides and transportation options available from a variety of transportation providers and programs in their area. The grant focused on capital expenses including hardware, software, and engineering and design, but did not fund vehicle purchases or operations. The maximum award was $2 million through a funding partnership of 80 percent federal and 20 percent local match.
Minnesota’s project: ride link
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will use the awarded $1.77M to enhance transportation information available through the existing MinnesotaHelp Network. The grant will fund access to the MinnesotaHelp Network’s hardware and software communication tools for public and non-profit transit providers; inter-city bus providers; county veterans service officers; veterans’ hospitals, homes, and clinics; and other veterans service organizations. In addition, grant funding will support enhancements that make information specific to rides and transportation services more accessible to users of the MinnesotaHelp Network website, MinnesotaHelp.info. The project will be implemented in three phases.
Phase I: Initial expansion of the MinnesotaHelp Network’s phone and web-based tools is underway in Southwest Minnesota. Transit providers and veterans organizations in 27 counties are joining the MinnesotaHelp Network through this phase. Expected completion is June 2013.
Phase II: Augmentation of the MinnesotaHelp Network website, MinnesotaHelp.info, to make information specific to rides and transportation services more accessible to users is underway. Expected completion is June 2014.
Phase III: Expansion of the MinnesotaHelp Network’s phone and web-based tools to the remaining 53 Greater Minnesota counties will begin in fall 2013. Expected completion is fall 2015.