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Dona Ana County, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: Founded in 2016, the South Central Transit District serves a largely rural area in New Mexico's Mesilla Valley. Before its launch, no public transportation services covered this part of the state. Despite the area's hot summer temperatures, few of the District's bus stops had amenities aimed at helping transit riders wait comfortably. To fix this, the District added two dozen benches and four bus shelters in several communities, including Anthony, Chaparral, Sunland Park and Hatch. District staff constructed concrete pads for the benches, which sit in high traffic areas. The work represents the first phase of improvements to stops -- the District plans to add LED lighting to increase safety for riders. Project organizers say the shelters and benches are popular with students and older adults, who make up a large share of the transit system's ridership.

Glen Burnie, MD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: This project will provide ADA-compliant bus shelters for patrons in identified areas throughout the service area.

Washington, DC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: The project aims to increase use of public transportation by residents aged 50, improving their access to essential services such as medical appointments.

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Jackson, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: This project installed two blessing boxes -- standalone refrigerators housed wooden frames -- outside a local church and a substance abuse treatment facility. The refrigerators help combat food insecurity by offering free perishable goods to families in need. The City initially supplied food for the refrigerators, but community donation have since kept them well stocked.

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