Allegany County this week received a $300,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide more residents with reliable transportation to and from work.
The three-year pilot program will expand bus routes to and from the North Branch Industrial Park (NBIP) — home to several large employers, providing residents with access to high-quality job opportunities.
According to the Cumberland Times-News:
“It’s no secret that sometimes transportation is a barrier to employment for individuals,” said County Administrator Brandon Butler. “The companies are saying they want to expand their second and third shifts and they will need workers. Sometimes when you have a barrier you need to bash through those barriers. So, we are very grateful for this grant and we believe it will benefit our employers.”
The grant, which requires a 10% local match, is provided by The Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) grant program. The program, established last year by the Maryland General Assembly, is designed to connect targeted populations with employment areas that have experienced significant growth.
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