Development of a Mobility Management Plan is one of the priority strategies identified in the Solano Transportation Study for Seniors and People with Disabilities. This Study has been approved by the Consortium, TAC and the Solano Seniors and People with Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee, and was approved by the STA Board in December 2011. Per the Study, Mobility Management is "short-range planning and management activities and projects for improving coordination among public transportation and other transportation service providers."
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October 10, 2012 update:
The development of Solano's first Mobility Management Plan is underway. The Mobility Management Plan will also address the transportation needs of the low-income population which have been identified through the multiple Community Based Transportation Plans (CBTPs) completed in Solano County. The Plan will create implementation plans and complete tasks for four other high priority projects:
During this effort, there will also be a review of Mobility Management plans in comparable locations and at least two examples included in the plan. Coordination with transit operators throughout the process will be key. Interviews with a wide range of public, private, and non-profit transportation partners have been completed. The project has been presented to the Solano Seniors and People with Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee and Senior Coalition and will be presented to the Paratransit Coordination Council (PCC) for input. The groups have been supportive of the direction of the plan elements with particular interest in the Travel Training component. It was presented to the STA Board in October for input. Draft documents will be presented to these groups, with a final report scheduled to be completed and submitted to the STA Board for adoption in early 2013.
Solano County's population of seniors (65 and older) is projected to double in the next 25 years. In 2010, Solano's 55,600 seniors represented over 10% of Solano's population. In 2035, 22% of Solano's population is projected to be seniors and half of these 110,000 seniors will be over 75 years old. As individuals age, a significant number restrict their driving in all or part. Many will also be disabled by the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) definition and unable to use fixed-route public transit. Two-thirds of individuals certified as ADA eligible in Solano County are 65 or older. Like many other counties, a range of strategies will be needed to sustain mobility for Solano's increasing aging population.
A consultant was retained by STA to prepare the first update of the Solano Transportation Study for Seniors and People with Disabilities. This study is a long-range planning document that has been prepared to identify the near and long-term transportation needs and the potential strategies to address the needs of seniors and people with disabilities in Solano County. The first Transportation Study for Seniors and People with Disabilities was completed in 2004 as an adjunct study to the original Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The CTP is in the process of being updated in 2012 and mobility for seniors and people with disabilities remains a key concern that will need to be addressed in the future.
STA staff and consultants collaborated with the various committees to develop this study to ensure it is comprehensive in addressing the mobility needs and the existing transportation options. The study also did extensive community outreach and recommends how to implement the mobility strategies. To identify the characteristics of Solano's senior and disabled population and their needs, the study included a large amount of public outreach. Twenty-five (25) focus groups were held throughout the county and nearly 1,000 surveys were received. The results are presented in full in the report and summarized in the report's Executive Summary.
The first meeting of this Advisory Committee is May 18, 2010. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should email email@example.com.
The Intercity Taxi Scrip Program proposed at Summit II began its first phase in February, 2010. For ADA paratransit certified, ambulatory residents, the program provides 24-hour on-call service between cities in Solano County for only 15% of the regular taxi fare. As funding and resources become available, the pilot program is planned to also include non-ambulatory persons in Phase Two, and local service (within cities) in Phase Three.
Access the Solano County Intercity Taxi Scrip Program February 2010 Riders' Guide to read more about the program. For further information about Solano's Intercity Taxi Scrip Program, contact the transit operator in your local community.
For further information on transportation services for Solano's senior, elderly and people with disabilities community, contact Liz Niedziela, STA's Transit Manager, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 707-424-6075.