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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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

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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Accessible vehicle purchase/modification programs

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 »

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For Provider Participants: Policy

transportation volunteers without a vehicle

Many older adults can use public transportation if they have someone to accompany them. With help from volunteer escort, older person can go to medical appointments, run errands. This idea can be easily adapted to veterans traveling to medical appointments. Recommendation: Encourage the creation of volunteer escort programs; encourage transit providers to give free ride to escort/assistant. This kind of program exists... more »

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One-Call Volunteer Transportation Service

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 »

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Disconnect between location of medical facilities and patients

There is now a dialysis treatment center in Mason County, Washington which is used by rural residents who formerly had to travel long distances to other centers for treatment. The new dialysis treatment center is a result of a multi-year effort by a broad community coalition. Is it possible for the location of Veterans Medical Centers to be better aligned with where their patient population lives? Locating facilities... 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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Promote Vets' Needs during National Transportation Week

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 »

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Use Vet Networks to Find Volunteers

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 »

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Veteran Owned Small Bussiness VOSB/SDVOSB Opportunities

As a veteran owned small business – VOSB, we are finding it extremely difficult to compete for work in the engineering and construction industry as it relates to the FHWA transportation program for roadway design and construction. In the state of Florida, they utilize a disadvantaged business enterprise program recognized by the small business administration to assist startup companies that fit that description. There... more »

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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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Centralize Transportation Options via Smartphone Access

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 »

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