Troup County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution that will allow the county to receive a stimulus grant of $114,900 for the transportation service. The grant will pay for two vans, including one with a wheelchair lift, along with two mobile dispatch radios, a software package for routing and a computer.
“This requires a zero local match,” assistant county manager Tod Tentler pointed out.
He said Troup Transit will replace one van and add the other to the fleet, and “we’ll be able to offer better services.”
The state Department of Transportation called last Friday with news of the grant funds and the county had to submit its application before the close of business the same day.
“Unlike the transportation request, this is really coming here?” Commission chairman Ricky Wolfe said, referring to the county’s failure to receive stimulus funds for road improvements in the first round of grant awards.
The county hopes to receive road funding in the next go-round later this year.
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