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.
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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.
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.
Often access to an accessible vehicle is one of the first barriers. Programs that offer support and provide opportunities for veterans or service members with disabilities to purchase an accessible vehicle or make modifications to their own vehicle can help increase independence to veterans and offer support for family members. Vehicle conversion/modification programs may work well for veterans or service members living... more »
Family, friends and paid care givers play an important role in supporting veterans and wounded warriors - and transportaiton is a service provided by many caregivers. Is anyone familiar with communities supporting caregivers that provide transportaiton? what are they doing to support these unsung heroes?
Similar to a Rail pass gives those who purchase it 30 days of travel via participating mass transit and also pays a portion of all such tickets for Veterans, and the elderly.
To provide continuity for rural veterans for transportation to appointments from local community as well as hospital settings. A shuttle service within the VISN catchment area, assistance with transportation outside of the VISN and transportation within communities during periods or in places local transportation does not operate ig. shelter pick up/drop off, bus terminals to and from recovery related events or local... 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 »
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
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.