I think some services could be offered through outreach programs in rural communities which would decrease the need for veterans to travel for care. Services could be offered either through mobile clinics, or contracted providers.
How about a separate system for vetrans and their families/caregivers. If a vetran has been disabled cognitively, physically, or both, then transportation could be provided at 75% of the going rate of regular public transit. These vets and their families could then fully participate in the community, go to appts., events, and be with other like minded vets, who understand what they have and do go through
Please issue a transport pass to all veterans,military personnel and reservists and their families valid in USA . This willl be valid in all transport systems.let them have ride with 50 percent discount.disabled will have free transport.
There is a great deal of diversity within the the veteran and military community. For instance, the needs of WWII and Vietnam veterans and their families may be different than those of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. What can transportation providers and transit agencies do to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all veterans, service members and their families? Are there generational differences... more »
For the Multi-modal communities with having large populations with surrounding rural areas, in conjunction with the increases of aging baby-boomers, disabled communities, the health benefits of these communities to continue to network, stay active in the remaining life span, while the aging infrastructure of major metropolitan areas are weighted with other costs, including the burdens of transporting these same communities... more »
What happens in case of emergencies - for instance, the need to accompany or visit a family member to the hospital? Or to go to a funeral? How do you deal with that if you have trouble with transportation in your daily life?
My understanding is some of the obstacles to providing accessible transportation services through an all volunteer network is the extra requirements of a CDL versus a chauffeur's license and a preference for driving vans as opposed to buses. What strategies have been successful in building volunteer veteran transportation networks and sustaining them over time?
My thoughts on what may work is to have federal financial support that is both flexible and realistic. Each area is different and has its own veteran transportation needs. A program should have the background checks, proof of insurance, license, and reasonable vehicle safety, of course. There should be milieage reimbursment. In Boulder County, we have an organization that provides many services for veterans and their... more »
Thanks to Secretary LaHood and the U.S. DOT team for their focus on improving transportation options for our active armed forces, military veterans, and their families. In reading the comments posted to date I am especially interested in the ones that involve public transportation and am further informed by this specific input from across America. The American Public Transportation Association and its members knows... more »
Para transit is a limited option in Putnam County NY. Only about one-third of the county is covered by fixed route public transit making that the area also covered by Para. The county provides the minimum coverage required by law, 3/4 mile from the fixed route. I would like to see Para requirements expanded beyond the 3/4 limit along with regional connections to surrounding counties.
As lead agency for regional coordination under the banner EasTexConnects, the East Texas Council of Governments worked with partners on an Interconnectivity Day on May 10th to illustrate the benefits of public transportation. The premise was that providers would provide free transportation to those using more than one mode. To give the day focus, veterans were targeted to make a multimodal trip to the Dallas VA Hospital.... more »
May 13-19 is the 50th Nat'l Transportation Week and May 18, 2012, is Nat'l Defense Transportation Day. Associations like NDTA would be glad to help in this dialogue. Our local chapters’ NTW commemorations include a 5K supporting Operation Homefront, golf tournaments supporting chapter scholarships, and banquets honoring current and future transportation leaders. At all of these events, logistics and transportation professionals... more »
So many of the comments are coming from transportation and mobility managers and focus on veterans. Are there problems with active duty military, particularly the families? Are any transportation problems dealt with on base?
The MV-1 http://www.vpgautos.com/experience-MV-1/mobility-vehicle-features is a wheel chair accessible van, and in my state would only require a chauffeur’s license to operate (not CDL). I would like to know if the DAV or other volunteer transportation provider has added this vehicle to their fleet and the overall thoughts of choosing this option versus a passenger van or paratransit bus?
Our transit agency provided low cost fare cards to the local Veterans Group one time. I feel that there should be some monies to allow the Veterans' Groups to purchase fare cards that could be utilized by Veterans who are now unable to drive.