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McCarthy Announces DOT Grant Award for Porterville

Oct 7, 2020
Press Release

 

Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that the City of Porterville, California will be awarded a $370,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone” (HOPE) Program.

McCarthy released the following statement:

“This important grant award will help the City of Porterville, through Porterville Transit, explore innovative solutions to enhance the current system and provide better transportation options for residents, including those living in more rural communities.  

“While keeping the region’s challenging air quality conditions and the state’s power outages in mind, this project will assess the best path forward by researching the incorporation of battery-electric vehicles, bicycle and car sharing, and on-demand transportation services. Additionally, mobility-as-a-service planning will evaluate transit modes to most effectively connect transportation-challenged populations, including low-income and elderly populations, with regional employment and health care services. By investigating a robust list of options, not only is the City of Porterville making a conscious effort to promote a healthy environment, but it is working to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors are supported.

“I thank Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her thoughtful consideration and ultimate approval of this grant award which I trust will have a positive impact on our community. I am also grateful for Mayor Martha Flores’ leadership on this issue.”

"On behalf of the City of Porterville, we are grateful for the generous financial award received from Secretary Chao and the tremendous support demonstrated by Congressman McCarthy for the opportunity to bring innovative, clean, and safe mobility options to our community. We look forward to working with CalStart, a national non-profit, in improving access to job opportunities and health care services that our residents need and will support." -Porterville Mayor Martha A. Flores

Background

  • As a part of the planning process, the City of Porterville will be working with the Tule River Tribe and the communities of East Porterville, Springville, and Strathmore.
  • You can find more information about the award here.