8/19/15 — Transportation Update
August 19, 2015 Minutes: TOPIC
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN NORTH BREVARD COUNTY
- Sara Ann Conkling: Transportation Advocate since 2008. She saw and continues to see needs for better access to transportation for the elderly, the disabled and veterans. Many of the changes that she advocated for have been implemented including doubling the routes on Rt.1, adding a route in Mims. There remains a 'desert' of transportation services in south Titusville and in Port St. John. One of the problems is lack of funding from city council and the county commission toward transportation needs. She is seeking agencies with 'customers' who have unmet transportation needs to be willing to make a 2-3 minute presentation to council or county commissioner about their need, to raise awareness of the need. Sara Ann can be contacted at: 32-633-0716 or saraann7 at gmail.com.
- Sara Ann Conkling: There is FL Department of Transportation administered Federal monies available through a Section 5310 Program for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, a grant to purchase and operate a van. This may be a good option for churches to help with congregation transportation needs on Sundays and for medical and other needs. More information is available at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/transit/pages/final5310capitalassistancemanual2012.20110901.pdf
- Connie Emmons: offered information about two transportation services organized through Aging Matters. www.AgingMattersBrevard.org or 321-639-8770
- Senior TranServe helps seniors to maintain their independence and quality of life by enabling them to access medical appointments, shop for groceries, etc. Must be 60, ambulatory and place request 7 days in advance of need. Volunteers provide all transportation in their own vehicles.
- Vets Driving Vets helps increase low income veterans access to health care by providing them with safe, dependable transportation to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Viera, other health care providers and basic needs destinations. There is no age requirement, but the veteran must be able to ambulate independently and give a 7 day notice in advance of appointment.
- Donations are accepted for both programs to offset the cost of running this service.
- Jeremy Bragdon: representative from Space Coast Center for Independent Living, a community-based, non-residential, cross-disability, and consumer-controlled organization, serving Brevard County. www.sccil.net 321-633-6011. They operate two vans with lifts and will provide the "Need a Ride" Program to all ages, in the Mims-Titusville area and in the Melbourne-Palm Bay area. There is a fee according to mileage: 5 miles = $5; > 5 miles = $10; > 10 miles = $15. Drivers are paid employees. Referrals are on a first call, first serve basis.