A number of commenters' have included the need to better use existing transportation systems and the ability to get information quickly through technology. Our existing network, which has over 500 stations across the U.S., has 220 stations located near VA facilities. We believe there are opportunities for veterans to use Amtrak’s system to travel to appointments at these VA facilities and get the best care possible. ...more »
What can we do to be assured that there are effective plans for evacuation transportation for veterans with disabilities, veterans without access to a car and their families during emergencies and disasters? Also, in many parts of the country extreme climate is becoming the norm. What precautions and special arrangements need to be made to ensure that veterans with disabilities, older veterans, and others who are vulnerable ...more »
Happy June 8th from Eugene, OR…! Good Morning everyone, I would like to introduce myself, I am Harold McCain Employment Specialist here at the Lindholm Prosperity Center located at 456 Hwy 99 N. Eugene, OR 97402. I am a disabled Veteran and I also work with the “Veterans In Progress” program which is funded by The Department of Labor grant. The transportation issues facing the homeless Veterans in our region here ...more »
One can hardly convey the importance of monitoring the spirit of the "American With Disabilities Act"which one mistakingly concludes" is a given".Not true.One still has to be in the right place at the right time and stand up to be counted for "ideas"to be carried out and bare fruit.The A.D.A.offers that opportunity to civilians and veterans alike as long as one stays current with the ongoing development of the act.Know ...more »
To create a transportation information service that would be reguarly updated to give customers the best possible service in Missouri and to allow transportationproviders to share resources and information
Independent living centers would be a natural coalition member and they cover the whole USA.
In our community the local VA is sometimes able to provide bus tickets for our local transit system, but this service has been inconsistent. If the VA would provide monthly bus vouchers which could be distributed by the VA irtself or local homeless service providers, it would be a tremendous improvement to the current situation.
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 »
In the San Francisco Bay Area veterans travel long distances to access services from VA health care facilities that frequently require traveling through multiple counties and transit agencies. A group of transit agencies from Marin to Monterey County in collaboration with a non-profit transportation provider is working to coordinate information and resources to assist veterans faced with this challenge. The service model ...more »
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.
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
The silo effect is entrenched in veterans' services and perpetuated by the "we take care of our own" paradigm. Other community silos believe the VA will step in and take care of the Vets that they see and can't/won't serve. Vets services are well insulated at the community level and as a result, there is little to no collaboration. Part of that problem is access to the person/department that can actually do something. ...more »
I believe there should be some way to assist veterans to help pay off previous car loans opened while serving in active duty
At the NM VA, we are unable to transport Veterans' Family members due to liability issues. This is frequently a barrier to supporting Veterans when we are able to transport the Veteran to an important medical appt. and yet the family member has to take public transportation. In essence, this implies that we are not supporting Veterans' family.
The Veterans Administration should pay for and encourage “transit” wheelchairs that comply with ANSI/RESNA standard WC19. This is a voluntary standard that specifies design and performance requirements for wheelchairs that are suitable for use as a seat in motor vehicles. These mobility devices can be more easily secured on public transit vehicles and are safer in the (unlikely) event of a crash. New ADA regulations ...more »
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 »
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.
we have innovation that can be developed to cut transportation time usage - for veterans who live in Rural areas and the innovation it would benefit the disabled Veteran and homeless veteran.through an improved way to reach more veterans and their families with supportive services
Similar to frequent flyer miles, NEMT providers should offer frequent traveler points that will add up whenever transportation services is used. After so many points you can get free or discounted rides based on your point system. This would actually encourage people to continue using your service and in return you would help them have a better quality of life by getting out. It doesn't necessarily have to be just to ...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?
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 »
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 »
Scanning the ideas already submitted ... it seems that transportation is paramount ... more so accessible transportation for Veterans, Family members of Veterans as well as Military personnel and their families. I am sure there are a lot of innovative transportation ideas, whereby transit agencies took the challenges and sought out opportunities ... below are some thoughts that may help jumpstart the opportunity process. ...more »
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 »
It's good to know there is a wealth of information on the internet about services provided to Veterans. But I have found the challenge in knowing where to look and how to search without being overwhelmed in accessing the information. As a transportation provider, it would be extremely beneficial for there to be a One-source information center for transportation providers to locate transportation services, benefits, programs, ...more »