For Individual Participants: Getting a Ride

Stretching transportation dollars - increasing access

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 »

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provide the mass transit subsidy to Veterans

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.

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For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

Buses on post

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.

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For Provider Participants: Policy

Government entities need to work together

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 »

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For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

Mobility Assessments

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 »

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

Broad Coalitions Make a Difference

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 »

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

Support Innovation at the VA

I am a veteran and a transportation professional. VA has a new transportation initiative and a small staff to work on Veteran's transportation issues. That group has two problems, legal constraints keep them from using the money that they already spend in innovative ways and very limited new funds to expand existing programs. Why not allow a half dozen pilot projects where the VA and local mobility managment stakeholders ...more »

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Partner with Veterans Organizations to Develop Travel Training

During reintegration, it's important to equip veterans with the skills necessary to navigate to destinations. Affordable and accessible transportation is essential. A partnership of veterans organizations, transportation providers, council of government/city/county/chambers can work together to develop a travel training program that can help veterans and service members navigate to the VA hospital or post would help. ...more »

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For Individual Participants: Getting a Ride

Accessible taxis

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.

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Reducing rural vetran transportation issues

Coordinate a multistage effort to arrange and reduce problems with veterans transportation to medical treatment facilities. Medical treatment facilities can work with transit agencies to block specific dates for veterans living in remote access areas that use local transit agencies to provide service. In cases where the two agencies cannot resolve the issue the county Veterans Service Agency should get involved to help ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Policy

Viewing the Citizen Rider as the Enemy

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 »

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For Provider Participants: Communications

Build common formats for exchanging transportation data

One of the challenges to coordinating operations between human service transportation providers and MSO/VSO transportation providers is the lack of easy mechanisms for being able to send trip request or vehicle availability information between providers. Aside from phone calls and faxes, there is no straightforward and secure means to communicate between systems unless perhaps the providers are using the same scheduling ...more »

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