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PITMAN TO RECEIVE NEW SHUTTLE BUS THROUGH COUNTY'S CAPITAL TRANSIT INVESTMENT PROGRAM The county program helps municipalities purchase shuttle buses for their local transportation needs - this is the 20th bus the county has helped purchase

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Dr. Warren Wallace announced today that the Freeholders plan to adopt a resolution at their meeting tonight to purchase a 26-passenger shuttle bus for the Borough of Pitman under the county's Capital Transit Investment Plan (CTIP) in an amount not to exceed $9,000.00.

"The County's Capital Transit Investment Plan (CTIP) has proven invaluable to our citizens without transportation to and from doctors' offices, stores and other important destinations," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. "The county provides matching funds to municipalities to purchase new buses for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other residents needing bus services. These shuttle busses are often the main source of transportation many seniors and disabled residents rely on to get out and do their business and errands," said Sweeney.

The Freeholder Director said that CTIP provides county funds for 50% of the total cost of the bus. In this instance, Pitman secured a state grant for $50,000 toward the cost of the bus, and Gloucester County and Pitman are splitting the balance of $9000 each.

Freeholder Dr. Wallace, liaison to the Division of Special Transportation Services, said that Pitman's bus is the 20th the county has helped purchase since the program's inception in 1992. Wallace noted that 15 of the county's 24 municipalities participate in the CTIP.

"Often times when we think of the issue of transportation we think about traffic, gas prices or road repairs, but we overlook those with little or no regular access to transportation. This program gets at the heart of those who are often overlooked when dealing with transportation issues in our region," said Dr. Wallace.

"Through this program we help provide opportunities for our senior and disabled residents to get out, get involved and be a part of our community," said Freeholder Dr. Wallace. "We have many residents who live independently but cannot get around independently and this is where the shuttle bus program steps-up and meets the needs of those residents," Wallace said.

The new 26 passenger shuttle bus will have a wheelchair lift. This is Pitman's second shuttle bus through the CTIP, and the service is operated by Pitman. Pitman residents can call 582-4766 for information on their community passenger shuttle.