In 1975 the Urban Mass Transit Administration (the forerunner of Federal Transit Administration) administered a new grant program created by congress called Section 16(b)(2), a capital program for rural transit providers in communities of over 5,000 population to purchase vehicles to be used in the provision of services for elderly and disabled persons. While Glasgow did not meet the "over" 5,000 population category, former Coordinator, Patricia Saindon, was able to convince the state agency administering this federal grant that Glasgow did have over 5,000 telephone and utility hook-ups. This, along with strong support from the County Commissioners, the developmentally disabled community, the senior citizens, the two taxi companies then operating in Glasgow, along with the ministerial association and numerous other service organizations, Valley County Transit's application was approved.
Once word was received that we had been approved, Patricia worked with Peyton Terry to help locate a 15 passenger Dodge van. That year, they seemed to be in short supply and we were fortunate to find one in Fort Benton, at Jordan Motors. Both the senior citizens and the disabilities population worked hard to help raise the necessary match with bake sales, plant sales, dances, dinners and other fund raisers. The ministerial association floated us a "no interest" loan to make up the last couple of hundred dollars. This 15 passenger Dodge van turned out to be the first vehicle in the entire country that went on the road under this new program. The first trip took several developmentally disabled clients to Nashua to school. Conrad's program immediately followed Glasgow's.
In 1980, Valley County Transit began receiving funding to offer transit services to everyone and have ever since.