Mar 08 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $500,000 FOR JOB ACCESS AND REVERSE COMMUTE

Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Montgomery to Benefit

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced today that $500,000 has been released from the Federal Transit Administration for Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) programs. This funding will augment the work being done by Ways to Work, Inc., which provides operating assistance to support family car loan programs in Alabama.

The funds will be used to issue small, direct loans to low-income families so they may purchase an automobile to provide transportation to and from work. The urban areas in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, and Montgomery will be served through this program.

Sen. Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce funding for this important program. I believe that providing job opportunities to the residents of our communities is a key component to improving the economy and enhancing the quality of life for Alabamians.”