When high-level federal officials come down to Raleigh from Washington, they’re usually here to snip ribbons on multi-million-dollar construction projects, or to hand out checks with lots of commas and zeroes.
The check delivered to Wake County Wednesday by Ray LaHood, President Barack Obama’s transportation secretary, was for a mere $601,661.
That’s just 1.7 percent of a total $34.6 million in grants awarded Wednesday in 55 communities across the United States for the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, a new program to improve transportation options for veterans and military families.
Wake County Human Services will use the money to establish a 24-hour “one call, one click” communication center to improve the transportation services it provides to rural residents through Medicaid, public health and other programs.
“This will make it possible for veterans and their families to check bus and van schedules online or over the phone, or to schedule rides with vanpools and private transportation companies,” LaHood said, flanked by local veterans in a ceremony at Wake County’s A.A. Thompson Center in East Raleigh. ... [MORE]