Door-Tran receives more than $161,000 in Wisconsin DOT grant funding

STURGEON BAY, Wis (WBAY) -- Door-Tran offers transportation services to people living in Door County without a way to get from Point A to Point B.

The non-profit organization is one of sixty agencies across the state to receive part of the nearly $6.3 million in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The funding is intended to help better meet the transportation needs of seniors and those with disabilities.

John Henz walks the streets of Sturgeon Bay almost every day in almost any weather.

"I don't drive and I live alone," said Henz. "I have a small circle of resources who have not been able yet to help me get to my medical appointments."

The Vietnam War veteran depends on Door-Tran to get him to his VA appointments in Green Bay at no charge.

"Without Door-Tran I would be sunk," said Henz.

"We're honored to receive a Department of Transportation grant again for 2019," said Pam Busch, Mobility Manager at Door-Tran. "It's the largest grant that we have, so it's very important to our budget and maintaining our programs."

The more than $161,000 in funding will support half-off vouchers for people to use with private taxis, allow trip planning and information referral services, and reimburse volunteer drivers.

"It's really encouraging and nice to know that the government is working for our benefit," said Henz.

Busch says Door-Tran answers approximately 4,000 calls each year from people unable to get where they need to go.

"We have some riders who we provide service to ongoing, and we have some who maybe just need a ride to the eye clinic, because they're going to dilate their eyes," said Busch.

Busch says Door-Tran volunteer programs have experienced an increase of more than 68-percent in the last two years.

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