Grant Extends Paratransit Service for Collin County Residents

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Posted: Monday, April 11, 2016 10:20 pm

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Residents of Collin County, Texas, searching for secure, reliable transportation for their elderly or disabled family members can rest easy, thanks to Toyota.

During an event today at the University of Texas at Dallas, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced a one-million dollar grant to Dallas Area Rapid Transit to support non-emergency medical transportation for seniors and disabled citizens in Collin County. The grant supports continuation of an existing on-demand service in the cities of Allen, Wylie and Fairview. The service is currently receiving interim funding from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The Toyota funds are expected to extend the subscription-based paratransit service for at least an additional twelve months. DART and NCTCOG are pursuing federal funds to match the grant monies and further support the service until a permanent, long-term funding mechanism can be established.

"Toyota's collaboration with DART is an important step in our quest to close the mobility gap for people in need," said Latondra Newton, TMNA chief social innovation officer. "The grant will allow Toyota to help increase mobility and provide insights into the transit needs of a rapidly growing senior population."

Approximately 3,000 Collin County residents are registered for the subscription-based paratransit service which, at peak, provided up to 700 trips per day to and from medical appointments. Customers contribute a portion of the cost for each trip, with the balance funded by the grant.

SOURCE: Toyota Motor North America Inc.

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