Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Executive Board Chair, announced at the Knoxville Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) Board meeting that the TPO was awarding the Volunteer Assisted Transportation Program $426,170 in federal dollars. This funding has to be matched locally and will help provide two years of operations.
The funding announcement was part of the CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation program’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. The funding comes to the TPO through a Federal Transit Administration Section program that provides funding to projects submitted by non-profits and human service agencies that help provide transportation options for seniors and persons who are disabled. The TPO has awarded funding to dozens of projects, helping non-profits purchase vans and providing operating funding to volunteer assisted transportation programs.
Volunteer Assisted Transportation is a volunteer-driven program of the Knoxville Knox County CAC that is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable transportation services to Knox County seniors and persons with disabilities who require aid and assistance to travel safely. In the 10 years the program has been in operation, volunteers have provided more than 50,000 assisted trips and traveled more than 650,000 miles.
The TPO has supported CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation from the start of the program in 2007. The new award brings the TPO’s grand total of support over the last 10 years to $1,688,274. The TPO thanks CAC for the important work they do for our community and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come!