An estimated 150 attendees representing seniors and people with disabilities, senior centers, non-profits, transit providers, and medical facilities attended and actively participated in identifying their mobility challenges at Summit I on June 26, 2009.
"At the first summit, we heard loud and clear from seniors, people witih disabilities, non-profits and others about mobility issues and concerns,” said Spering. In an effort to better understand all the issues, transportation service providers, seniors and people with disabilities were invited to complete a survey prior to the event. Based on this collected information, a “State of the Senior and People with Disabilities Transportation System” report was released at the Summit.
The second countywide Senior and People with Disabilities Transportation Summit was held October 30, 2009 at the Joseph Nelson Community Center in Suisun City. Summit II presented several solutions to the challenges facing transportation services and programs for seniors and people with disabilities in Solano County.
"Much time and effort has been put in by the STA, the County, the transit operators and the Senior Coalition to craft options to improve transportation for this important segment of Solano County's population. We learned a lot at the last summit and plan to share options designed to help fill the gaps in transportation services and programs," commented Jim Spering, Solano Transportation Authority (STA) Board Chair and Solano County Supervisor.
The summits were co-hosted by the STA, Solano County, the Senior Coalition of Solano County and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
The keynote speaker for Summit I was CalACT Executive Director Jacklyn Montgomery. CalACT is the largest state transit association in the U.S., with nearly 300 members dedicated to promoting professional excellence, stimulating ideas and advocating for effective community transportation.
Summit II included two panel discussions focused on transit solutions in Solano County as well as highlighted successful programs in other counties in the Bay Area.
Guest speakers included California District 5 Senator Lois Wolk, District 8 Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, and transit staff from all seven transit providers.
Transit operators and non-profit organizations presented information on the services and programs they provide. "The Road Ahead - Solutions and a Proposal for Change" presentations can be accessed here: