PUBLIC NOTICE New Freedom Senior Transportation FTA 5311 and State Aid

January 06, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE

New Freedom

Senior Transportation

FTA 5311 and State Aid

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. proposes to continue the provision of transportation services for the elderly, persons with disabilities and the general public in the counties of Lee, Scott and Wise and the City of Norton. These persons are transported to and from training, nutrition, and other community integration and socialization projects. Funds are being requested through the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Rail and Public Transportation from the Federal Transit Administration 5310, Federal Transit Administration 5311 program and State Aid for the Public Transit Program for operating expenses, enhancing mobility management program, and purchase of five (5) replacement lift-equipped body-on-chassis buses, one (1) high top lift-equipped van and one (1) four-wheel-drive vehicle. Maximum federal financial participation shall be 80% of capital and 50% of operating expenses.

Interested persons, groups or organizations of any kind within the Lee, Scott and Wise counties and City of Norton service area wishing to comment on the proposed application may do so by attending a public hearing in the Transit Conference Room at Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., 1520 3rd Ave. E., Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219 on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. or by sending a written notice by January 28, 2022 to: Mitch Elliott, Transportation Director, MEOC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection. Any comments made at the public hearing will be submitted to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation for inclusion into the grant application.

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. does not discriminate against any individual requesting services on the basis of sex, national origin, race, creed or sexual orientation. The full text of the Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. non-discrimination policy may be obtained upon request or may be viewed at MEOC's offices.