Accessibility

GRTC announces first nationally-certified travel trainer

Posted on July 10, 2018

(Left to Right) Kristi McLaughlin, ESPAC Consultant, Owner McLaughlin & McLaughlin LLC; Kelsey Calder, GRTC Travel Training Instructor; David Green GRTC CEO; and Roberta Yegidis, Center for Urban Transportation Research at an event honoring Calder's acheivement.
GRTC
(Left to Right) Kristi McLaughlin, ESPAC Consultant, Owner McLaughlin & McLaughlin LLC; Kelsey Calder, GRTC Travel Training Instructor; David Green GRTC CEO; and Roberta Yegidis, Center for Urban Transportation Research at an event honoring Calder's acheivement.
GRTC

Richmond Va.-based GRTC’s Travel Trainer Kelsey Calder is now the first-ever nationally certified Travel Training Instructor. Calder successfully completed the Travel Training Certification program, becoming the first Travel Training Instructor to be awarded this prestigious certificate by Easterseals. GRTC’s Travel Training Program is funded by a Federal 5310 grant.

Calder was already a licensed teacher prior to joining GRTC in 2016, holding a Master’s in Teaching from James Madison University with a concentration in Special Education. During GRTC’s pilot Travel Training Program, Calder completed substantial course work and passed her final practicum in June 2018. The Travel Training Certification program operates through the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

“This certification solidifies that Greater Richmond does need a Travel Trainer. I am the only one in Central Virginia in this unique job,” Calder explains. “My number one tip for riders is to grab a friend and ride together. If you’re unsure, it’s a lot easier to try something new with someone you feel comfortable. Simply getting on to ride round-trip lets you experience and know not only where the bus goes, but also that you can get back to where you started.”

GRTC is currently in the third year of its Travel Training Program; this service is open to all GRTC customers who desire assistance learning how to ride. Refugees to America located in Greater Richmond are increasingly benefitting from Travel Training. The primary goal, however, remains to provide current CARE customers the opportunity to learn skills that will enable them to follow a regular GRTC bus route.

Travel Training Instructors create individualized travel plans that aim to meet the customer’s transit goals and show them how to use fixed-route transportation to increase transit options and decrease dependence on paratransit services. Participants in the program have one-on-one and/or group travel training with a Travel Training Instructor. Travel training is free and any participant is still able to use the CARE service. As always, all CARE customers may ride local fixed route bus service for free.

Easterseals’ Travel Training Certification program teaches instructors essential, practically-relevant skills, including: performing a successful trainee assessment, customized trip planning, environmental barrier examination, task analysis, training strategies, street crossing skills, boarding/alighting processes, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

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

More News

L.A. County awards paratransit contract to MV Transportation

The contract has extended MV Transportation's partnership with Los Angeles County into its second decade.

Calif.'s BBB partners with Lyft to transform Dial-A-Ride program

The new service, called MODE, will improve curb-to-curb and door-through-door transportation.

NYC Transit hires first-ever accessibility chief

Tasked with overseeing and implementing initiative to expand accessibility to subway and bus customers, and improve paratransit service.

ABQ RIDE ads 44 Glavals for Sun Van paratransit service

Just like more recent models of Sun Vans, the new Glaval models still carry up to 14 riders, with room for as many as three wheelchair passengers.

NYC Transit continues work to improve rail accessibility

The 86 St R project will add elevators and reconfigure station infrastructure — such as handrails, turnstiles and powered gates, Braille signage, and platform panels — for full accessibility.

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