Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility for seniors and Individuals with Disabilities grant program for the Phoenix-Mesa Urbanized Area. NVC will be awarded $121,090 in grant funding for five projects aimed at enhancing the mobility of the West Valley citizens.
This award funds a designated Mobility Manager position for the West Valley, meaning that NVC will lead efforts to coordinate transportation and enhance mobility for seniors and those with disabilities. NVC’s Mobility Manager will join the four other sub-regional mobility managers and Maricopa Association of Governments who work together on mobility issues in Maricopa County.
With the number of seniors in the West Valley, NVC will become an essential resource to those who need transportation services. “Northwest Valley Connect is ready to serve residents of the West Valley,” said NVC Executive Director and Mobility Manager, Kathy Chandler. “Mobility Management is an important resource that has been missing from this area, and we are happy to meet this important community need.”
The funding also will provide a handicapped-accessible van; routing software to improve efficiency in transportation coordination; operating costs for NVC’s volunteer driver program (called Ride Connect) and funding to launch a new taxi discount program for low-income residents called Taxi Connect. “All projects aim to remove barriers to transportation services and expand mobility options,” said Chandler. NVC would like to thank the City of Phoenix and Maricopa Association of Governments for the opportunity to participate in the grant process for the first time this year.