LISBON - The Community Action Agency was given approval to seek federal funding to continue a program that provides subsidized public transportation for the working poor.
Columbiana County commissioners on Wednesday authorized the CAA to apply federal funding for the program which is administered through the CAA's Community Action Rural Transit System (CARTS), which is the county's public transportation system.
Two years ago, CARTS obtained additional federal money to begin offering subsidized transportation for income-eligible persons with jobs who need a ride to and from work. The program served an average of 54 clients per month last year, who pay $1 for trips within the same town, $1.50 from town to town trips, and $2 from zone to zone.
Those eligible for the service cannot earn more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $16,335 for a single person and $33,525 for a household of four.
The application is for $171,100 for 2013 and 2013, which is about the same level of funding received for the past two years. The $171,100 represents 50 percent of the program's cost, with the other half taking the form of specialty transportation contracts between CARTS and the county Department and Job and Family Services, community colleges, etc.
The following is a list of employers CARTS transports to on a regular basis: Career Assessment in Salem, Calcutta Walmart, Kent State University campuses in East Liverpool and Salem, the Salem Goodwill, Morning Journal in Lisbon, East Palestine Elementary School, Kids Zone in Salem, the Way Station in Columbiana Beresford Meats in Calcutta, East Liverpool City Hall, Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, Leetonia Street Department, Szechuan Gardens in Calcutta.
Community Resource Center in East Liverpool, East Liverpool YMCA, Chef's Table in Lisbon, JoAnn Fabrics in Calcutta, Salem Memorial Building, Ohio Valley Business College in Calcutta, Shining Reflections in East Liverpool, Catholic Community Center in East Liverpool, Catholic Charities in East Liverpool, Parkside Nursing Home in Columbiana, Whispering Pines in Salem, Adrians Restaurant in Calcutta, Second Blessing in East Liverpool, Shoub Towers in Wellsville, and Calcutta Health Care in Calcutta.