Transportation Resource for Veterans to be Developed; Funds Received to Educate about Resources

05-Jul-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:Heather Wheeler Executive Director,
Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI)
(208) 344-2354 | hmwheeler@ctai.org | www.ctai.org  

CTAI Selects Firm to Develop One-Click Resource for Veterans and Receives Funding to Educate Veterans on Upcoming Resources

Boise, Idaho- The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) has selected Idaho based M2 Traffic Management, LLC to develop a one-click transportation resource that will assist veterans, human service agencies, and others in finding the best transportation options within their community and when traveling throughout Idaho. This information will also be linked to the Operation Military Family’s VAPP, a smart phone application which connects veterans and their families to critical services, benefits and the right person based on the user’s needs and location.

 

M2 Traffic Management is based out of Coeur D’Alene and has previous experience with transit technology projects in Oregon and Idaho. In support of this project benefiting Idaho’s veterans, M2 Traffic Management will donate all project management, communication and training time, as well as training material creation, at a total estimated value of $15,000. This project is set to begin later this month and is expected to be completed in March 2013.

 

“Many Idaho veterans live in rural and suburban communities with limited transportation services while many of the services are concentrated in cities and urban areas,” U.S. Senator Mike Crapo said.  “Idaho’s One-Click resource will improve the access to transportation options available to veterans in their communities and throughout the state.”

 

In addition, the Federal Transit Administration announced Monday that CTAI was selected as one of 64 projects funded in 33 states for the 2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. The $50,000 grant was awarded to promote Idaho’s One-Call and One-Click resources that are currently being developed in partnership with the Idaho Transportation Department, Valley Regional Transit, Operation Military Family, and M2 Traffic Management, LLC.

 

“We are excited to begin work on the ‘One-Click’ project.” stated Heather Wheeler, CTAI Executive Director. “Often transportation is the missing link when it comes to connecting our veterans to the services they need upon the completion of their service to our country.  We hope these resources will help to close that gap whenever possible,” she added.  

 

Receiving funds to educate veterans on where to find and how to use Idaho’s One-Call and One-Click resources will make these projects even more successful, allowing our veterans, and Idahoans as a whole, find the best transportation options to meet their needs. In addition to involving current project partners, CTAI will partner with other veterans groups and human service agencies to develop an effective public outreach program.

 

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The Community Transportation Association of Idaho is the statewide membership association that advocates for and empowers individuals and communities to develop transportation systems they need for enhanced economic vitality and quality of life.


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