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Wisconsin Employment Transportation Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Employment Transportation Assistance Program (WETAP) represents an effort to connect low-income workers with jobs through enhanced local transportation services. Lack of transportation is a significant barrier to getting and keeping jobs for low-income workers. Improving transportation services can improve the economic outcomes among these workers and the state.

The WETAP program encourages long-term solutions by providing funding for demonstration grants to cover the expenses of early start-up and development stages of an effective transportation solution. This program integrates state and federal funding (Job Access Reverse Commute) into one application. The goal of this program is for local areas to work together in a collaborative process to assess the transportation needs for low-income workers and develop options for addressing those needs. For purposes of WETAP funding, low-income is defined as family income that is less than 200% Federal Poverty Level.

These funds do not replace other funds that are being used for transportation.


The federal program that funds much of WETAP was eliminated in the most recent federal surface transportation act. However, the types of projects that were eligible under WETAP are now eligible under the public transit programs (Section 5311 for rural areas and Section 5307 for urban areas). The federal funds that remain from previous years, along with state funds from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, will be used to extend grant agreements through calendar year 2014 for 2013 WETAP grant recipients who were unable to join the public transit programs.


Applications for the 2013 WETAP cycle were due July 13, 2012. Selected projects were announced December 12, 2012. Here is a list of the 2013 recipients.


The Work-n-Wheels vehicle loan and repair programs at Southwest Community Action Program, Community Action, Inc., ADVOCAP, CAP Services, and Couleecap, which are all current WETAP grantees, were chosen as recipients of the 15th Annual Governorís Excellence in Community Action Award. A presentation was made to each of the participating agencies at the WISCAP Annual Meeting Luncheon on May 3rd in Madison.

Below are links to the press releases from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and several of the recipient agencies. Congratulations to all of the awarded agencies!

Important: The following document(s) are in Adobe PDF PDF format unless otherwise noted.



Maps and contacts:

Previous cycle awards:



Kristofer Canto
Phone: (608) 266-8165
Fax: (608) 266-0658

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Kristofer Canto, kristofer.canto@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: March 23, 2015

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