The Federal Transit Administration made $6.3 million available in competitive grant funds on Sept. 12 via a Notice of Funding Opportunity to foster “transit coordination projects” that improve access to healthcare.
The FTA said in a statement that those Access and Mobility Partnership Grants are focused on developing more transportation options for those who rely on public transit for medical appointments and other non-emergency healthcare services. The agency also noted it awarded such Access and Mobility grants to 19 projects in 16 states two years ago.
FTA added that it is also seeking to bolster “better coordination” among healthcare providers and transit agencies through technological improvements. For example, transit riders in St. Louis can receive rapid health screenings from a mobile health unit and request referrals to medical providers at four MetroLink stations as a result of an FTA grant, the agency noted
The program will also supports the work of the inter-agency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility, FTA noted, which works to coordinate federal programs to improve access to jobs, schools, healthcare, and other opportunities.