Congressman Barr Delivers New Handicap Accessible Bus to Senior Center

Martha Agee, Executive Director of Bluegrass Community Action Partnership Troy Roberts, Congressman Andy BarrNew Bus Being Driven to Senior CenterCongressman BarrJamie AlbrittonCongressman Barr and Steve Carmichael

The Anderson County Senior Center received a special delivery today to help seniors with disabilities to get around the county.  Congressman Andy Barr delivered a brand new bus with wheelchair access to the center today as part of the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

Anderson County for many years had few options for seniors who were disabled and didn’t have transportation ability to get around the county for daily needs and fellowship.  Many seniors with disabilities ended up becoming house bound as the buses for the senior center are not handicap accessible.

Seeing this need, County Clerk Jason Denny was the first to contact Congressman Barr about finding some way to help these citizens.  With the passing of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) that Congressman Barr voted for in Congress, the congressman and his staff began working on finding a quick solution to get a new bus with handicap accessibility for the center.

According to Congressman Barr, the FAST Act provided $305 billion in Federal funding to not only improve roads and bridges but to also provide grants for transit projects like this.  “Our job in our office is not only to vote for the legislation that would authorize and appropriate the funds that would pay for this but also to advocate for our communities for these grants,” Congressman Barr said.

The Federal funding made its way to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet where Eric Perez, deputy director of the Office of Transportation Delivery in the cabinet, along with Congressman Barr helped get the bus in seemingly record time.  Jamie Albritton, director of aging at Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, which runs the senior center, said, “We go through a whole grant process.  Normally, it takes a couple of years.”

Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton, who was at the senior center when the new bus arrived, said that the project to get the new bus was fantastic.  “Is there any better place to live than in Anderson County?  And to know that our congressman looks out for us and is in the better interest of our senior citizens,” Judge Gritton said.

Steve Carmichael, director of the senior center, was incredibly thankful: “We’re just thankful. It’s a blessing to be able to have the opportunity to bring seniors out in the community who never have the chance to come.”

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