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January 6, 2013

Noncompliance puts funding at risk

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“We are all responsible for understanding the law and for being in compliance with the law,” she said. “No one is exempt from the laws. We need the chain (connecting public transportation) to be strong.”

REPORTING ESSENTIAL

Recipients of federal 5310 grants for buses they operate must abide by federal laws, including a need to improve coordinated efforts among agencies that share services, she added.

“People who have taken the initiative to acquire those grants have to receive training on how to get the grants and on the reporting procedure,” she said. “Part of the reporting process should identify how vehicles are being used to serve all of the population it is meant to serve.”

“My main mission today is to highlight the laws applicable to public transportation,” she concluded. “We need to be equally dedicated to continue receiving funding.”

FUNDING AT RISK

Mike LaBello from the State Department of Transportation followed Buell’s presentation by agreeing that noncompliance can result in lost funding for transportation services.

“Our main purpose for today’s meeting is to move toward those things we all need to be doing,” said James Bosley, director for Clinton County Transit and host for the Coordinated Transit Committee meeting. He suggested that the committee could break into working groups to research and evaluate the situation.

“Whenever we receive federal money, the intent behind that grant is to spend it in ways to create the most efficient form of transportation,” Buell said. “The true intent behind the law is to help use learn to work together. ... not doing that is going to put us in danger (of losing funding).”

Email Jeff Meyers: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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