Federal grant helps connect veterans to their communities

Washington’s military veterans and their families will have better information about and access to reliable transportation options thanks to four federal grants totaling more than $400,000. Clark County’s Human Services Council (HSC) will use a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to make existing transportation options for vets just a mouse click or a phone call away. The Washington State Department of Transportation administers the grant, part of $29 million in grants recently awarded to 64 projects in 33 states in the second round of the FTA’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI). The VTCLI helps local governments and transit agencies better use communications technology, such as smartphone apps and real-time bus locator information, to make it easier for  veterans and others to access and schedule rides on buses and in vans, taxis, and other means of transportation. HSC will use the $222,688 grant to enhance Web-based scheduling, dispatching, billing, and reporting systems to support multiple transportation providers.