Accessibility

Calif. retirement community offers diverse transit options

Posted on October 20, 2009

[IMAGE]Campus-Tram-3resize.jpg[/IMAGE]

The Valle Verde Retirement Community, located in Santa Barbara, Calif., has invested in building a fleet of vehicles to provide a variety of transportation options to its residents. Valle Verde offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's care and skilled nursing on its 60-acre campus.

"Our goal is to allow our residents to get basically from their door to almost anywhere in the Santa Barbara area without having to use their private car," Executive Director Ron Schaefer says.

From the facility's centrally located administration office, residents can catch a free ride on a 12-passenger coach that runs six days a week to any requested location. To catch a ride back to Valle Verde, residents call the front office, which contacts the driver by radio for pick up.

Also available to residents is a private chauffeured ride in a hybrid Toyota Camry sedan for time-sensitive appointments. Valle Verde's fleet also includes a wheelchair lift van, which is primarily used for transporting skilled nursing residents to and from the hospital, and a large bus for transporting groups on activity trips, such as symphony performances.

When it comes time to replace either the large bus or 12-passenger coach, "we'll definitely be looking at an alternate fuel, whether it's liquid propane, a hybrid or another option," Schaefer says.

The latest addition to the Valle Verde fleet is an electric tram or people mover, similar to a golf cart, which can carry up to nine passengers. "We just got the vehicle and we're in the process of putting in about 24 tram stops around our campus that would be a short walk from anybody's apartment," Schaefer says. "It's got a solar panel roof, so it recharges the batteries as it's driving around."

With the 15 electric golf carts used by facilities and maintenance staff on campus, the people mover, wheelchair lift van, hybrid Camry, two coaches and an older Nissan Maxima as a standby, Valle Verde maintains a fleet of about 21 vehicles. Three drivers operate the coaches and lift van, and the community is in the process of hiring for its people mover.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Program helps families talk driving with seniors, suggest alternatives

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s plan helps families identify signs that older drivers may become unsafe and makes suggestions to help seniors maintain mobility, such as using paratransit services and reduced transit fare programs.

DC Metro moves ahead with plan to use Uber, Lyft for paratransit services

Metro plans to issue an RFP to take over the service in September, with the intent to have the system in place by spring 2017. The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs, where two-thirds of MetroAccess customers live.

N.Y. MTA adds 70 wheelchair accessible MV-1's to paratransit fleet

The city’s Access-A-Ride, which already has nearly 400 MV-1s in service, is a shared-ride, door-to-door service for people unable to use public buses and subways.

Blind Institute of Technology, Uber team for Colorado job access initiative

Thanks to the agreement, a tap of the Uber app will help remove the employment barrier of getting to job interviews for blind and visually impaired BIT candidates in Colorado.

Audit leads to Calif. VTA terminating 23-year paratransit partnership

That same audit also criticized the agency for a lack of oversight over the nonprofit, which failed to supply data supporting its ridership figures during the first audit ever conducted of its $20 million annual contract.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close