Public transportation in Chemung County is about to take a big step forward. A rare opportunity has opened the door for new programs to be added. YNN's Katie Husband explains the reason for the change and how you can have a say in what CTRAN offers.
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- The CTRAN bus that pulls up to the curb could be making a few more stops. The transportation service will be getting some help from the federal government next year. As a result, expenses for two of their routes will come off the books.
"With the new transportation bill, those programs are folded into existing programs and not funded separately, so we would be going out with solicitation for projects," said Jim Arey, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council Director.
The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council is accepting applications from Chemung County, non-profit and private organizations for transportation ideas.
"Okay, we want to apply for this, we need funding to do this, to meet this need in the community. So we're hoping that when we do this that people are looking at things that they haven't thought of, hadn't thought of in the past for new ideas," said Arey.
Arey says the council is currently looking at un-met needs in the community, like medical transportation.
"We know there's a need for transportation to dialysis, so there are un-met needs that are out there," said Arey.
Riders say that's one idea they like.
"Especially when there's like surgeries done and they put people on the buses, they's going to be hard for them to come back, so they should have one that goes back from doctor's appointment to drop them off in front of their house or nearby, but we don't have too much of that and we need some of that," said Mariannette Cruz, CTRAN passenger.
There will be a mandatory workshop on March 13th and the deadline to turn in applications is April 17th.
The workshop is for those who plan on applying so they get a better understanding of what the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council is looking for.