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Really really rural

How are veterans and/or military families dealing with transportation where there is no such thing as public transportation?

Submitted by 2 years ago

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  1. I am having to move out of State, being denied by the paratransit entity of the Fixed route system, because I refused to relinquish my medical confidentiality to someone that does not hold medical licensure, and refused to acquiesce to a physical exam "...to gauge function of balance, gait, and cognition" also rendered by a non-licensed medical person not operating under the auspices of someone with medical licensure. I do not have a full brain and there is no way this person could functionally tell that I was even partially blind! Forget it! These people are nuts! I am the one with the Psych degree while these people are playing doctor, and do not even understand the human brain!

    2 years ago
    0 Agreed
  2. I thought that every county has a paratransit system required as a part of federal transportation funds for road building, etc. The day before call is inconvenient, but it is something.

    2 years ago
    0 Agreed
  3. Paratransit systems are mandated through the Americans with Disibilities Act to exist only where there is a public transit system. They must pick up eligible people with disiblities who live within 3/4 of a mile of a bus route.

    2 years ago
    0 Agreed
    1. Unfortunately where ARRA monies are available, there is political subterfuge and corruption to manipulate funds under TOD. The people that are harmed are the elder and people with disabilities communities as is currently happening in my community. The "eligibility" requirements you speak of are purposefully managed to deny qualifying people, purposefully to manipulate funding mechanisms of TOD, leaving many without para-transportation. It is a very ugly scenario.

      2 years ago
      0 Agreed
  4. I think the only option for the rural commuter is vanpooling. Vanpooling has the flexibility needed to meet the needs of the rural commuter driving long distances for employment. It’s carpooling on overdrive and can be paid for in part with federal funds.

    2 years ago
    2 Agreed
    1. I agree for really, really rural areas and perhaps we need to begin with a definition of mileage for those areas lest governments that contract out with Federal taxpayer dollars decide to use those dollars for other purposes rather than what they should be used for. Corruption in transportation funding is not unheard of especially where the most needy of riders is concerned. We are headed into the rapidly aging society of babyboomers, being excessively cruel and abusive to shut in elder, & people with disabilities with one simple excuse,local governments do not have funds to provide paratransit?

      2 years ago
      0 Agreed
    2. Volunteer driver programs that include reimbursement for drivers could be another option for those in more rural areas. Vanpooling is great as well, perhaps with a donated van(s) from local transit agency could boost the use of, or start a vanpool program.

      2 years ago
      0 Agreed
  5. Another model that can be replicated: Ridesharing

    Some rural communities have used ridesharing for long distance medical trips. A local human service transportation provider typically organizes the rideshare.

    2 years ago
    2 Agreed
    1. Yes! Many areas also have an online ridesharing tool. In my area, it's www.broometioga.greenride.com . For people who don't have online access, their caseworker, family member or neighbor could post and oversee their rideshare account.

      2 years ago
      2 Agreed
    2. Actually, many vanpools are organized through a ridesharing website. It must be recognized though that, ridesharing is not reliable as a sole means of transportation. There needs to be other tools in the toolbox, such as money for taxis when the driver is sick, gauaranteed ride home programs, etc.

      2 years ago
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    3. We have seen an increase in the Ridesharing method working really well when incentive, gas card or banked hours for future use by driver is added to the program.

      2 years ago
      0 Agreed
  6. I endorse comment from mobilitymanagementa that we need many tools in the toolbox, in other words, a continuum of mobility options - rideshare, vanpool, guaranteed ride home, taxis, volunteer transportaton. Also rural public transit/call center can be the hub for all of these activities.

    2 years ago
    2 Agreed
    1. I believe you are correct hardin! If transportation ever really wishes to enter into the 21st Century it must adopt a call center strategy capable of truly delivering a paratransit system that operates in a comparable capacity to compliment the fixed route system! Anything less than the Federal Mandate needs to be closed down and fined already! Also, the idea that people with disabilities should not be using the paratransit system to get to their medical appointments is tantamount and equal to a law mandating the refusal of fully-abled people using fixed route to get to their medical appointments! Also, there is hardly a "rural" spot on a island that is less than 40 miles wide, therefore there exists no excuse for a lack of paratransit service other than sheer mismanagement of funds and choosing to mismanage those funds to save dollars for the company contract with the local government at the expense of services to the taxpayer! This must be investigated, yet it takes body parts such as an arm and a leg to get the leg of the FTA to do its part, and the arm of the Civil Rights of FTA to do its part. That has to stop under the Federal ADA laws. Until the FTA complies with the Federal laws, people with disabilities will continue to have problems with transportation in the Nation, whether Veterans and their Families, or Civilians. Rights are regularly being trampled on.

      2 years ago
      0 Agreed

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