Senator Audrey Gibson Receives Legislator of the Year Award from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
Senator Audrey Gibson Receives Legislator of the Year Award
from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
JACKSONVILLE – State Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) has been named this year’s “Legislator of the Year” by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The award was announced during the agency’s 22nd Annual TD Best Practices & Training Workshop in Orlando.
“I am honored to receive the award, but I do what I do because I understand how the lack of access to mobility greatly impacts the quality of life for constituents in my district, and all affected Floridians,” said Senator Gibson.
Senator Gibson, a strong advocate for the program since being elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, spearheaded $43.4 million for the transportation disadvantaged program during the 2012-13 budget cycle as a member of the Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee. The funding allocation represented a $5 million increase, with an additional $5 million budgeted for the following year.
During 2013-14 Senator Gibson advocated and secured funding for an unmet needs study to better project the budgetary needs of the TD program in the future. She also envisioned and worked toward getting needed shuttle service in areas of her district that were underserved. In addition, the Jacksonville Democrat has helped the TD Commission on Managed Medical Care transportation issues both during and after this year’s legislative session including addressing budgetary underfunding due to inaccurate mobility projections.
CTD’s mission is “Ensuring the Coordination of Transportation for Florida’s Most Vulnerable People”.