WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration has awarded $450,000 to Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (Dayton RTA) in Montgomery County to improve transportation options for veterans.

“The Miami Valley is home to thousands of veterans and military families. Whether they need to access services at the local VA, or just to get to work, our veterans—like all Ohioans—deserve access to reliable transportation,” Brown said. “These funds will help improve the coordination of rides and public transit options for military families in the Dayton area.”

The grant was awarded through the DOT’s Fiscal Year 2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative that will help veterans, active service members, and military families learn about locally-available transportation services.

The Dayton RTA will use the funds to upgrade scheduling and dispatch software for its paratransit service. These improvements will allow veterans and other users to schedule trips, access trip information and make trip changes through the web and smart phones, and to provide phone call reminders before scheduled trips. As home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton VA Medical Center, the greater Dayton area has more than 80,000 veterans.