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Livingston County launches transportation initiative for vulnerable populations

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Livingston County, in partnership with local non-profit Livingston County Cares, has launched a new initiative to improve transportation access for vulnerable residents, it was announced on April 18, 2024. Funded by grants from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Marjorie Harding Memorial Fund, the program aims to cover transportation costs that are not supported by other means, enhancing access to essential services.

The initiative extends the county’s mobility management efforts, targeting support for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and others who need assistance to reach medical appointments, job interviews, and educational opportunities. “This project resonates with us because transportation issues are a significant barrier for those struggling with poverty in our community,” said Dr. Tom Matthews, President of the Livingston County Cares Board of Directors.

The program is guided by Livingston County’s Public Transportation Work Group, which collaborates with various local human service agencies and organizations. The strategy, developed in 2021, focuses on improving transportation infrastructure in areas identified as having significant transportation gaps. “We are committed to ensuring all residents have equitable access to vital services,” said Livingston County Administrator Ian M. Coyle. This initiative marks a significant step towards reducing transportation barriers and promoting community well-being in Livingston County.