Transportation is always cited as a top concern. Yet all programs and initatives offer capital funding, which is not always the problem for transportion systems. Operating funding is one of our top obstacles to facilitate providing transportation for Veterans. Municipal boundries between urban and rural areas also need to be less restrictive.
Living in a rural community, we find the greatest challege our veterans face is finding transportation to the services they need. There is public transportation in only one city. We developed a program to provide volunteer transportation, yet it receives no funding. We rely soley on donations and grants. Rural transportation is a serious issue in allowing our veterans to access medical services, mental health services, ...more »
The Veteran populations of America, young and old, are continuing to access resources and services via their mobile and tablet devices. Yet, many government services and even local community transportation services go unknown to Veterans and their Families as they move to new neighborhoods or attend Military training (if in the National Guard) in distant, unfamiliar geographic areas. Our idea, selfish as it is, is to ...more »
We should discuss how to provide public transportation to all Veterans (at no cost to the Veteran), with fares reimbursed to the transit agencies by the Federal Government. To accomplish this, I suggest we redesign the VA ID Card so that the Federal Government can reimburse Public Transit agencies for providing transit services to all military Veterans. From a policy standpoint, it would be ideal if the reimbursement ...more »
To encourage Veterans to use Public Transportation, I recommend that Congress amend Section 5307(d)(1)(D) of Title 49 of the U.S. Code to include that Veterans presenting military identification cards during the operation of off peak-hour, fixed route service are entitled to travel for half the peak fixed route fare. This will grant non-disabled Veterans the same level of benefit as the elderly, persons with disabilities, ...more »
How are veterans and/or military families dealing with transportation where there is no such thing as public transportation?
My experience has been that it is very difficult to find who to talk to within veterans organizations. I have talked to different veterans organizations, VSOs, Dept. of VA and VA hospitals and they all have differing views on transportation and what can and needs to be done. There is a movement to create mobility managers and new accessible transportation programs within veteran systems. Two problems with this are that ...more »
Many people learn to use public transportation with the assistance of a travel trainer. What information to travel trainers need to know to bettr service members of the military community and their families?
Our transit system would love to work directly with the closest VA Hospital so that we can get vets there, but they have so many restrictions that it seems they can't even talk to us. We can't even call them unless we go through a board member who has a military ID. One local group has a van making trips to the hospital, but it's not accessible. We'd like to help with that, but we can't seem to get the communication ...more »
I'm a mobility manager in upstate New York. I have a call center when people can get transportation planning assistance. I recently found out that there is a veterans support group in our area which has a listserve, connecting veterans and allowing them to help each other. Through this list serve, I was able to find a volunteer to assist a rural caller of mine who needed a ride to the grocery store a few times per ...more »
The initiation of a volunteer transportation program was brought about with this goal in mind: transport Polk County residents to any place, at anytime and wherever the destination the individual may need to go. The Central Iowa Shelter & Services VISTA Veterans Outreach Project group factored improved quality of life rides as a major determinant in our decision making processes. By providing a volunteer transportation ...more »
i just read that Regional Valley Transit in Idaho has donated a wheelchair-accessible bus to Parma Senior Center. The Center will use the bus to provide transportation for two primary activities, one of which will be transportation to the Veterans Medical Center.
Is this a model of partnership (public transit and senior center) that it would be helpful to replicate in other communities?
2-1-1 is free a national helpline that connects the community to all social services and health related resources. This system is in place and could be a valuable tool to connect those with transportation needs in any area and link up vets and individuals with disabilities to necessary resources such as food, supports, shelter services, and basic needs.2-1-1's need to be in the conversation when talking about creating ...more »
The National Resource Directory lists and describes a very large and diverse number of transportation options for veterans and/or wounded warriors. My organization talks to people every day who do not know this government directory web site even exists.
Check it out. All kinds of sources for transportation help. Thanks.
I have been working on planning and development of rural transportation systems that will serve the entire community for over two decades. Whether it is services for seniors, welfare to work, our veterans or the general public, the issue is FUNDING. We don't sufficiently fund rural transportation. It is time to stop nibbling around the edges. The problems have been the same for my entire career...programs in silos and ...more »
What is the greatest challenge that transportation providers face in establishing partnerships with VA Centers, MSOs and VSOs? What resources could be developed to help transportation prviders overcome these challenges?
The greatest barrier to providing public transportation to wounded and ther familes at the national military medical center in San Antonio, is access to the post. Since 2001 VIA's buses running regular routes have not been allowed on post at Fort Sam Houston. A protocol to make bus service practical would solve a lot of problems. The ball is in DoD's court.
So, funding is limited and seems to be a major issue for all. Right? There are so many ways to get creative with how we spend our budgets and each method looks to increase access to serve the most people while maintaining costs. One opportunity is to identify multiple funding sources, link those funding sources to your users (through either a central database, etc) then look for opportunities for those funding streams ...more »
Provide veterans the same mass transit subsidy benefit offered to federal employees. The MTSB program or Transit incentive program (TIP) for DOD workers provides a monthly subsidy of $125.00 or up to $240.00 for the use of mass transit (including vanpools) to and from work. This will allow veterans the ability to expand there job search area and opportunity’s.
In working with the hundreds of communities we reach, the major message we hear is the power of coalitions. With the FTA's new Veterans Community Living Initiative, we have the opportunity to expand these coalitions to ensure that organizations serving veterans and military famiies have a seat at the planning table. Ideally, this would also include direct representation by veterans, their families and service members ...more »
In the Chicago area, there are VA medical service locations, which offer vanpool service to and from. There also is a good local public transit - paratransit service - if in some format there was coordination between the government entities, there would be a greater choice, less wait time, and savings for such entities. But the government powers that be are not willing to share or reduce there oversight of transit services. ...more »
I suggest that all veterans after being stateside for a month should be provided a mobility assessment evaluation. Veterans Transportation traditionally has been used to get veterans from home to a medical appointment and back. A thorough mobility assessment would identify other transportation barriers and the services that are not accessible for an individual. Only after this information is documented then strategies ...more »
There's a hearing right now in the House about mental health treatment in the VHA. Staffing and wait times are of course the major problems - has anyone run into lack of transportation as a problem for receiving adequate treatment?
Due to the increased demand on Paratransit systems in the future for a rapidly aging society-STOP viewing the Citizens, both elder and disabled populations, as the enemy of paratransit systems and a drain on the fixed route system!! Communication skill-sets are paramount in the FTA side of things! Cease placing the burdens onto the citizen as the FTA is doing now, when establishing FULL transportations communications ...more »
There's a new ramp-equipped auto made in the USA called the MV-1. It was designed to be a solid taxi. Also, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association lists companies around the nation that sell new and used wheelchair accessible vans and minivans that could be taxis. Vets and non-vets can start a rural or suburban taxi service, and even use a federal tax credit and tax deduction to reduce start-up costs.