March 27, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new Vanpool Incentive Program to create vanpools across the state that would provide a lower-cost alternative for people to commute to work.“Transportation access can be a deciding factor in whether someone is able to work, so anything we can do to expand options is good for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “No matter their abilities, people should have access to jobs that pay.”The program will invest up to $1 million annually and is open to government entities, non-profit entities and transportation companies. Approved vanpools will be offered an initial 50-percent cost incentive, up to $800 per vanpool per month based on van size, that is phased out over three years for non-ADA accessible vanpools.ADA-accessible vanpools would be eligible for a monthly subsidy up to $1,200 per van, and would be eligible for an ongoing $400-per-month subsidy after the third year. Participants would also be eligible for state investments to cover the cost to convert a van to be ADA-accessible.“Although public transportation is available in some form in every Pennsylvania county, we’re always looking for new ways to efficiently provide and expand transportation options,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We strongly encourage participation in this new program.”To qualify for the program, entities must create a new vanpool that has not operated previously to or from the identified destination or origin point. The vanpool must also have at least an expected 60-percent occupancy: five riders for seven-person vans; seven riders for 10-person vans; nine riders for 12-person vans (including ADA); and 11 riders for 15-person vans.To ensure proof of membership, vanpool riders will pay a minimum of $25 per month, with the final cost determined by providers.When officially opened in May, the application period will be announced via the Pennsylvania Bulletin. PennDOT expects to select the first vanpool program participants in the 2017-18 state fiscal year. Agencies or providers interested in the program may email [email protected] for more information. Wolf Administration Works to Expand Vanpool Options for Workers, Assist Persons with Disabilities SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Duane Hooton, 80, of Versailles passed away at 10:30am, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison after a perpetual decline in his health over the past several months. He was born in Cross Plains on January 27, 1939 the son of Roland and Clara Warfield Hooton. Survivors include one son David (Pam) Hooton of Round O, South Carolina; three daughters Dana Hooton of Willow Creek, California, Laura Hooton of Charleston, South Carolina, and Tracy (Jeff) Miller of South Carolina; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; his twin brother Dwight (Donna) Hooton of Versailles; two sisters Hope (Robert) Fisse of Madison, and Faith Huffman of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents. Duane was a 1957 graduate of Versailles High School. Duane enjoyed having a twin (at least most of the time) and although they were identical, Duane always said he was the good looking one. After high school, Duane delivered Coca-Cola to thirsty customers in southeast Indiana for 18 years, and spent most of his working life thereafter driving a semi for various trucking companies. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Duane accepted the Lord as his savior as a young man and was baptized in Munday’s Pool near Dabney alongside his brother Dwight. Duane loved his Lord, his family, and his dog Brady. He also enjoyed fishing, talking politics, and all sports. Duane’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will take place on Friday, July 19th at 11am at the Versailles Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 10am. Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.