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Cape Girardeau Transit Authority Wins Thriving Communities Grant

In partnership with United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) and the City of Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau Country Transit Authority (CTA) has been awarded $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Cape Girardeau is 1 of 52 communities in 35 states to receive the funding, which begins in July.

The application focused on UWSEMO’s United We Work transportation program, which provides free, then reduced transportation to entry-level employees. Grant funds will provide technical tools and build organizational capacity to help support the United We Work program and strengthen overall operations. The assistance also provides resources to compete for additional federal aid to help optimize services, streamline processes, and identify opportunities for revenue generation, cost efficiency, and service expansion.

According to the DOT, “The program provides two years of no-cost, intensive technical assistance to under-resourced and disadvantaged communities to help them identify, develop, and deliver transportation projects to achieve locally driven economic development, health, environment, mobility, and access goals to help them thrive.”

Ginny Smith, Executive Director of CTA adds, “We are thrilled to be one of the organizations receiving these funds! We are excited about the possibilities this grant brings to our organization and those we serve.”