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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Second Phase of the United We Ride/Mobility Services for All Americans Joint Demonstration

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Second Phase of the United We Ride/Mobility Services for All Americans Joint Demonstration

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Friday, February 27, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Transportation today awarded a $680,000 grant to the Lower Savannah Council of Governments to provide enhanced, cost-effective transportation choices for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income populations in Aiken, SC.

The Lower Savannah Council of Governments is using the funding for planning and designing an expanded human service transportation network to include more human service transportation providers and vehicle tracking abilities such as global positioning systems (GPS) and to enable customers to receive information and manage their own trips through a toll-free number and web-based applications.

The United We Ride/Mobility for All Americans joint demonstration adopts a two-phased approach. Eight sites were selected to in 2007 participate in Phase 1, which was system planning and design. Aiken is one of three Phase 1 sites selected to move forward to system deployment, the second phase of the program.

Funding for the demonstration is provided by the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration in Partnership with the Federal Transit Administration