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Presentation at the 2014 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas - Panhandle CIL, Travel Training Partnership

Presentation at the 2014 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas - Panhandle CIL, Travel Training Partnership



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  • Slide 1 <br /> Hello, My name is Joe Rogers. I am the Transportation Coordinator for PILC. Thank you for coming. Today we will be giving an overview of how to plan a trip and ride safely to your destination. This class will be followed by a hands on trip to a destination that you regularly go. We’ll discover some tools and tips to help you use ACT’s Fixed Route Bus System. <br /> This class is your ticket to freedom in more ways than one: You may have already heard or maybe read in the newspaper about ACT’s dilemma. You know with the high cost of operating Spec-Trans ( which costs about $35 per one way trip), compared to the much more economical Fixed Route Service ( at about $8 per one way trip), you can see why ACT needs to get passengers that are capable of riding the Fixed Route buses, off of Spec-Trans. By doing this maybe ACT will not have to collapse the two services together into one flex service and people who really need Spec-Trans will be able to continue to use that service in the future. <br />
  • Slide 2 <br /> Read Slide <br /> Read Rights and Responsibilities <br />
  • Slide 3 <br /> There are only 8 bus routes serving Amarillo, making it easy to plan a trip. <br /> Explain the layout of the TPW and the route maps. <br /> 1. Alternate Route- for example the route 6 Wolflin Village and route 7 Western Plaza both go by the intersection of 34th and Bell <br />
  • Slide 4 <br /> 15 minutes <br />
  • Slide 5 <br /> Itinerary - the route of a journey. <br />

8b session- Panhandle CIL, Travel Training 8b session- Panhandle CIL, Travel Training Presentation Transcript

  • WELCOME Panhandle Independent Living Center’s Travel Training Partnership
  • Transportation Challenges  In 2006, Amarillo City Transit projected potential cutbacks in para-transit services due to shrinking FTA dollars. ACT began looking for ways to move Spec-trans passengers into fixed- route vehicles – a training program to promote expanded use of accessible buses.
  • Regional Support  Identified by the Panhandle Regional Organization to Maximize Public Transportation (PROMPT)  One of seven priorities included in response to legislative mandates to develop regional transportation coordination plans.
  • Project Motivation  Transportation is vital to the independence of people with disabilities – especially those who work or have employment goals. The prospect of losing even some para-transit service caused a mild panic.  Municipal carriers must maintain ADA requirements to provide comparable para- transit services along with fixed-route; this includes “flex- route” programs which also need passenger training assistance.
  •  An opportunity to improve mobility for youth in metropolitan areas and, for students in rural areas…  to acquaint them with transit options should they be able to attend college or find employment in Amarillo. Other Great Reasons…
  •  Rural transportation is a common barrier, best illustrated in the Center’s summer youth program that spans a ten-week period.  Students living within the 26-county region are eligible to attend, but face little or no transportation to Amarillo.
  •  Some school districts see the value in funding transportation for kids to attend the summer program. In some cases, Panhandle Transit can provide rides.  This translates into future mobility issues relating to rural employment, health care, higher education, etc.
  •  Rural transportation is an on-going concern, but we do see rural and city students learning valuable travel skills they can hopefully apply to future employment and independent living skills.  Some our youth are using city transit services to access work sites; we also hope to see young people attending college.
  • Getting the Ball Rolling  Realizing the need to expand public transit awareness, a Travel Training project was endorsed by regional and municipal transportation planners including local TxDot personnel.  Travel Training was accepted as part of the Panhandle’s regional transportation coordination plan in 2006.  Two partners were already on board: The Amarillo City Transit & PRPC.  RFP’s for New Freedom Initiative funds were published by the Texas Department of Transportation
  • New Freedom Objectives  New Freedom Initiative embraces local transportation projects  New public transit services beyond those required by the ADA  Projects that promote new public transportation alternatives  Assists people with disabilities with accessing transit services including transportation to jobs and employment support services.  Training programs for individuals on awareness, and skills of using transportation options including travel training services
  •  PILC’s Travel Training Program is currently in their 6th year with another 2 year grant provided. To date- Over 2000 clients have been served with over 1500 field trainings provided to people with disabilities.
  • Forms that We Use
  • Thank You for Your Time