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Transportation Panel Considering Funding More Buses for Disabled

October 25, 2019

     The Imperial County Transportation Commission was expected to debate at its Oct. 23 meeting whether to help a local agency that serves the disabled to acquire three buses.


     The vehicles would be for Imperial Valley ARC, which trains and employs special-needs members of the community, and would be funded by ICTC through Federal Transportation Administration's monies.


     The meeting was held after this newspaper’s deadline.


     he move was recommended to the commission by its management committee. It would offer two advantages, explained Mark Baza, ICTC executive director.


     First, it would help ARC-IV obtain one replacement and two new 25-foot busses that seat 16-20 and have wheelchair access. Second, it would help ICTC fund public outreach for its para transit (disabled and elderly) service's mobility management program, and to renew the program’s existing funding.


     "It's approval to submit the applications (for federal) grants." said Baza. "Acquisition will not occur until early 2020."


     In other business, ICTC commissioners were expected to hear an update on environmental assessments under consideration for development from Sean Wilcock of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp.


     Six privately owned properties located along Brawley's State Route 86, Main Street and other downtown corridors were inspected for needed environmental improvements. IVEDC requested a partnership in this endeavor with ICTC because of the agency’s proven ability to apply and be accepted for state and federal funding.


     "The goal is to help clean up any environmental challenges, such as soil contamination from tanks say at a former gas station, or asbestos from a former car repair shop, " said Baza. "Two of the six properties were identified as needing remediation in Phase 1. This was $300,000 funding the Environmental Protection Agency provided with their Brownfields Assessment program."


     The broader objective is to develop a transportation corridor that improves traffic mobility and the commercial properties’ prospects by upgrading surrounding infrastructure, explained Baza.


     In other business, the commission was expected to consider another management committee recommendation for two internship programs. The first would be for assistants seeking work experience and those desiring entry-level experience to post on a resume. The second would be for students who may also receive credit from their academic institution.

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