Greensburg Council Approves $10K for Catch-A-Ride

LifeTime Resources Executive Director Erin Thomas’ presented a funding request for Catch-A-Ride to Greensburg City Council Tuesday night. (WRBI Photo)

(Greensburg, IN) – Greensburg City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday night in favor of LifeTime Resources’ $10,000 request to support Catch-A-Ride, which provides public transportation to anyone, for any purpose, anywhere within Decatur County as well as Ripley, Dearborn and three other counties.

LifeTime Executive Director Erin Thomas says the agency has traditionally asked for $5,000, but had to increase the request amount this year due to rising costs when it comes to fuel, insurance, driver pay rates and other expenses.

“We came to request $10,000 because the Section 311 grant that we received requires a 100% match,” Thomas said. “And we think it’s really important for local governments to play a part in helping make public transportation possible.”

Catch-A-Ride is the only service offered by LifeTime Resources in Greensburg and Decatur County, since public transportation is the only service not offered by the city and council’s Area Agency on Aging, which is Thrive Alliance.

“I’m just really glad that they appreciate the service and recognize how important it is for the community,” Thomas added. “I think it’s really important for people to be able to get to their doctors appointments, even the grocery store or even to visit a friend…just having the ability to do that in a rural environment is really important.”

The two votes against the funding request came from Jamie Cain and Mark Carman. Councilmember Kevin Fleetwood was not present for Tuesday night’s meeting.

LifeTime Resources is based in Dillsboro.

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