The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a series of regional public workshops to gain insight from the public regarding the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

Catherine Yeulet

A meeting of the series will be on Friday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Concho Valley Transit District Terminal, 510 N.  Chadbourne St. in San Angelo.  The satellite location will be the TxDOT Brownwood District Office located at 2495 Highway 183 North in Brownwood.

During this meeting, the public will have the opportunity to learn about rural public transit from local providers and to provide their own input.

Following presentations from local providers, those in attendance will help identify and prioritize issues and needs facing the transportation program.  “The needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities are at the center of the Section 5310 program, so TXDOT needs input from local stakeholders such as transit users, organizations serving seniors and individuals with disabilities, nonprofit agencies, transit districts, and local governments to help guide Section 5310 funding decisions for the next two years,” said Kari Banta, the Section 5310 program manager for TxDOT’s Public Transportation Division.

This meeting will be available over the internet, so the public can listen in and view the presentations, as well as offer input, from their homes or from locations more convenient to them.

A schedule of the meetings, as well as instructions for joining via webinar, will be updated regularly on, under the Hearings and Meetings Schedule.  An online survey also, is a link on the meetings pages.  Additionally, you may leave input or ask questions via a hotline, 512.360.0668.

Public transportation provides mobility options, reduces traffic congestion, conserves fuel, improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports emergency preparedness in the areas it serves.

TxDOT promotes and supports public transportation by collaborating with local governments, non-profit entities and other transportation providers.  TxDOT provides funding to assist the needs of elderly individuals and persons with disabilities when current transportation service is unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.

For more information or if you have accommodation needs, please contact Delma Childress at 325-947-9335.