Money expected for Carroll Transit

October 07, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll Transit officials are likely to get most of the things on their wish list, now that $9.7 million in federal money has been approved to help bus systems in Maryland.

The money, $3.5 million to $4 million of which will be shared

among several Maryland subdivisions, was appropriated by the Senate last week and approved by the president Sept. 30, said Bill Toohey, spokesman for Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

About $6 million goes to the Mass Transit Administration to buy buses and to improve some MTA facilities, he said. Senator Sarbanes is chairman of the Senate subcommittee on housing and urban affairs, which originally approved the money, Mr. Toohey said.

"We appreciate all that Senator Sarbanes has done for us and all the other small [bus] systems in Maryland," said James O.

Mathis, executive director of Carroll Transit.

Carroll Transit, the county's only bus system, is a nonprofit transportation service that provides 4,000 to 5,000 rides per month. Its ridership consists primarily of senior citizens and Medicaid clients.

"We've got a good shot at getting what we asked for," Mr. Mathis said. "But we won't know for sure until all the funds are appropriated."

Carroll Transit's requests for fiscal 1996, were for four vans and six radios, Mr. Mathis said.

If approved, $115,000 would come from the federal government for the vans and $14,000 from the state, Mr. Toohey said. For the radios, $2,000 would be federal money and $1,000 would be state money.

"These are capital funds that are coming to jurisdictions across the nation," Mr. Toohey said, noting that requests from the smaller bus systems totaled $4.7 million. "There probably won't be any drastic cuts or elimination [of requests], just some scaling back."

State officials said they should receive the money in November, after which they will distribute it to the smaller jurisdictions. MTA will then evaluate each application, Mr. Mathis said.

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