$3.1M in transit grants approved

Published On: Dec 12 2012 03:04:21 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 03:01:27 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Governor Scott Walker approved grant money totaling $3,145,967 as part of the Wisconsin Employment Transportation Program (WETAP).

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) says the projects funded as part of the program, which combines federal, state and local funds, will help connect low income workers with jobs through enhanced local transit services.

WisDOT, which coordinates and awards the grants, says enhanced transit services include additional bus routes, vanpoll and shuttle services, vehicle loan and vehicle repair programs, and the hiring of local mobility managers, who coordinate transportation services for area workers and employers.

"These grants help communities provide essential transportation services to benefit their local workforce," Governor Scott Walker said in a statement. "Everyone in Wisconsin should have the means to get to and from work."

Coulee Cap will receive $156,227 in federal grant money (with a $102,227 local match) as part of WETAP. The organization will use the money to help people with vehicle purchase loans and vehicle repair grants in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon Counties.

The Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council will receive $134,251 in federal grant money (with a $153,947 local match). The organization will use the money to help people with vehicle purchase loans and toward mobility management in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties.

For the 2013 calendar year, the federal and state investment total more than $3.1 million, with the local funding share totaling more than $2.5 million. WETAP combines funds from the federal Job Access and Reverse Commute program, along with the state Transportation Employment and Mobility program.