December 9, 2013
The city of Binghamton is considering cutting funds normally issued to Catholic Charities' Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which provides free rides to seniors. The program is typically awarded between $10,000 and $15,000.
October 14, 2013
The money will be used to purchase new, previously unavailable vehicles and equipment. The funding is part of the agency’s Specialized Transportation Program, which was put in place to increase personal mobility for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
September 30, 2013
A consultant with URS Corp. said at a meeting that polls indicate that the majority of people over 65 plan to remain in their current residences. Meanwhile, a planned referendum next year will ask Polk County voters to approve a sales tax increase to improve the transportation system.
ITNGreaterBoston, a program started in 2012, specializes in door-to-door, 24/7 transportation for seniors, and keeps costs down by covering 40% of the price of each ride. The other 60% comes from the users.
August 26, 2013
The service will go idle Friday in the wake of the program losing $24,000 through Title III of the Older Americans Act, which accounted for 18% of the service's $129,000 operating budget.
August 12, 2013
The cost has risen from $180,000 in 2009 to slightly less than $900,000 this year as demand from senior and disabled residents increases. Some cities and towns have cut their contributions to the service.
July 18, 2013
Travel training will be the first in a series of mobility management services organized under a consortium dubbed Ways2Go and funded with federal grant funds.
June 13, 2013
Includes bus storage, maintenance areas and offices for OATS Northeast, which provides demand-response and fixed-route transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the state’s rural areas.
June 4, 2013
Because one-third to two-thirds of all elderly people do not live or travel within the obligatory service corridors, study recommends expanding paratransit services to areas where elderly people are living without them.
May 24, 2013
Funding for the special transportation has been cut for five years in a row because it is tied to revenue from Atlantic City casinos — which has dropped by 30% since 2011, as gambling proliferates in nearby states.
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