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Feb
22

Transportation Services for Seniors Who No Longer Drive


En español | About 600,000 older adults stop driving each year, according to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

That can make it harder for aging or ill loved ones to make doctor’s appointments, shop for necessities, visit family or attend social events. And that increases their isolation, negatively affecting their health and well-being.

Transportation can become one of the biggest responsibilities for family caregivers. About 40 percent of caregivers spend at least five hours a week providing or arranging transport, according to a 2018 survey from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), a program administered by n4a and Easterseals that promotes accessible transit.

Providing transportation is not always easy or convenient. “Some family caregivers just can’t leave their job every time somebody needs a ride to the doctor, much less even to the grocery store,” says Virginia Dize, an n4a program director and codirector of the NADTC.

Finding alternatives for times you can’t get your loved one where they need to go likely will require some research. But a variety of options are available that can lessen the burden on caregivers and help older and disabled people keep appointments and stay socially connected.

When you can’t provide a ride

The types of transit available differ widely from location to location, as do opportunities for specialized or discount service.

Metropolitan areas tend to be transportation-rich, with public bus, rail or trolley lines and various commercial options. In small towns and rural regions, you might have to rely on prebooked “demand response” services or volunteer organizations.

In a joint publication on transportation options, NADTC and Eldercare Locator, a federal directory of local services for seniors, list several programs and services geared in varying degrees to helping older and disabled people get around. Remember that not all of these options are available everywhere, but your area is likely to feature at least some.

Public transit

Primarily bus and rail services, operated and financed by federal, state and local governments, with fixed routes and set schedules, these systems usually offer discounted fares for older adults and people with disabilities. Vouchers may be available as well.

Some transit agencies and local aging or disability organizations provide free training to help riders learn to travel safely. Buses, railcars and stations usually will have accessibility features, but public transit might not be a suitable alternative for people who will have difficulty navigating stairs, waiting outside or walking to and from stops.

Paratransit

Public transit agencies are required by law to provide “complementary paratransit service” for people who are unable to use regular lines. Paratransit operates during the same hours as normal service and covers comparable routes.

Riders must meet eligibility criteria set out in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Vehicles typically are vans outfitted for accessibility.

Trips should be scheduled at least a day in advance and generally are shared with other passengers who have booked similar times. Paratransit providers typically have a 30-minute pickup window, from 15 minutes before

Jan
30

Department Of Transportation Legal Definition

The following 2 entries include the term transportation.

federal executive division responsible for programs and policies relating to transportation. Besides the Federal Aviation Administration (q.v.) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (q.v.), it controls the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which plans, develops, and oversees construction of interstate highways; the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which issues and enforces rail safety regulations and administers railroad financial assistance programs; the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which manages mass transit development and improvement programs; the Maritime Administration (MARAD), which supervises the U.S. merchant marine; and various specialized regulatory, research, and development agencies, including offices for hazardous materials transportation and pipeline safety.

independent government agency charged with investigating certain types of accidents (such as those involving aircraft or trains) and conducting safety studies to identify areas needing improvement in the transportation industry. The NTSB investigates air, rail, pipeline, marine, highway, and other transportation accidents to determine their cause and make recommendations to prevent such accidents from recurring. It also conducts transportation safety studies, publishes reports, establishes regulatory guidelines for reporting accidents, reviews the adequacy of safeguards concerning the transport of hazardous materials, and hears on appeal the suspension or revocation of certificates and licenses issued by the Department of Transportation.

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Dec
19

transportation – Kids | Britannica Kids

Early Transportation

Walking was the main method of transportation until humans domesticated, or tamed, animals. Camels, horses, and cattle then carried goods and people. More than 5,000 years ago people invented the wheel. This allowed animals to pull carts. Ancient peoples also traveled by water, at first with simple dugout canoes and rafts.

The Persians built a system of roads in the 500s bce. The ancient Egyptians, Indians, and Chinese also built roads. By the 200s ce the Romans had built roads across Europe.

Transportation by water expanded in the Middle Ages (500–1500 ce). New ships were built with multiple sails. They were able to travel farther and faster than earlier ships that were powered by rowing. Improvements in navigation made it possible to sail farther from land. Voyages of discovery in the 1400s and 1500s opened up trade routes between distant points.

Modern Transportation

The invention of the steam engine in the 1700s was an important event in transportation history. Steam-powered boats could easily travel upriver. Steam-powered ships could cross oceans without wind. On land, inventors used steam engines to power locomotives. This led to the growth of railroads. By 1869 a railroad ran across the United States, and steamships regularly crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Trips that had taken weeks now took days.

Builders of canals made some ocean trips much shorter. The Suez Canal in Egypt shortened the trip between Europe and Asia. The Panama Canal in Panama shortened the trip between the East and West coasts of North America.

The late 1800s saw the first successful bicycles and automobiles. They made quick and easy transportation available to more people than ever before. People who bought cars demanded more and better roads.

In 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the world’s first airplane. The invention of the jet engine in the 1940s made air travel the fastest transportation in history.

Transportation Problems

Advances in transportation have led to problems, however. Cars and trucks cause traffic jams, accidents, and air pollution. These vehicles also use oil for fuel. The supply of oil is limited and controlled by a few countries. To ease crowded roads, governments have worked to improve public transportation. To fight pollution, scientists are developing vehicles that run on different types of fuel.

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Nov
19

Transportation Inter California To Tijuana B C in Norwalk, CA with Reviews

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Oct
24

Transportation | Home

The journal Transportation focuses on issues of relevance to the formulation of policy, the preparation and evaluation of plans, and the day-to-day operational management of transport systems. It concerns itself with the policies and systems themselves, as well as with their impacts on and relationships with other aspects of the social, economic and physical environment.

Although the transportation needs of cities and nations around the world differ in detail, there is much benefit to be derived by sharing research findings and practical experience. Transportation lends itself to information exchange by publishing carefully selected papers which advance the international fund of knowledge. Transportation is relevant to all parts of the world: industrialized, newly industrialized or developing. Its mission is simply to help improve the transportation of people and goods by bringing an improved understanding of the subject to the theorists, practitioners and policy makers who study it.

Officially cited as: Transportation

  • Improves the transportation of people and goods by bringing an improved understanding of the subject to theorists, practitioners and policy makers
  • Relevant to all parts of the world: industrialized, newly industrialized or developing
  • Publishes carefully selected papers which advance the international fund of knowledge

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Oct
1

Transportation – Hopkinton Public School District

COVID-19 Transportation Information

The Hopkinton Public Schools, like all school districts across the Commonwealth, were charged with designing a reentry plan, unique to the needs of the Hopkinton Community, and in keeping with the “Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance”  issued by the Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey Riley on June 25, 2020.  Here is the Transportation specific information.  Please see the full reentry plan for more details.  

9/23/2020 Transportation Change Requests

9/15/20 New Legacy North Bus Stops

9/14/2020 Transportation Reminders

9/7/2020 Transportation Welcome Back letter

 

New Student ID’s / Z Pass

Students will be issued a new smart Student ID.  The ID will have the student ID number as a bar code, an RFID chip and a QR code.  This ID will function as the bus pass, enable touchless payments in the cafeteria and more.  For transportation, the student ID must be scanned upon entering and exiting the bus.  The RFID chip interfaces with the new system called

Z Pass.   Z Pass ridership capability enables the district to know who is on the bus and where and when they entered or exited. The information is transmitted to a secure database.  The transportation department will use this information to locate a rider, and improve routes and utilization.  This will increase safety and efficiency for the district.  The Student ID will come hole punched for attaching  to backpacks, lanyards etc.  Students must have their ID at all times for riding the bus.  There will be a replacement fee charged for lost or damaged cards.

 

The district provides transportation to students in grades Kindergarten (K) through grade six (6).  Students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) must purchase a bus pass to be eligible for transportation. Every effort will be made to provide safe, comfortable and pleasant transportation service while maintaining an appropriate level of efficiency. 

Effective transportation service requires cooperation among bus drivers & staff, school administrators, students and parents/guardians.  Transportation rules and procedures are provided so you can be familiar with our expectations and the transportation procedures.  The bus is an extension of the classroom and the bus driver is an extension of the teacher, thus all district policies are also observed on district transportation.

The Transportation Office is located in the HPS Central Administration building at 
89 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA.

The new Student ID must be scanned upon entering and exiting the bus.  All students should be at their designated bus stop 5-10 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time.  It is the parent responsibility to get students to and from the bus stop.  Bus routes will be published the last week of August.  Please see below for additional information based on your student grade level.

GRADES K-5          GRADE 6          GRADES 7-12

 

Additional Information:

BUS CONDUCT ITEMS ALLOWED ON THE BUS PARKING PASS

 KINDERGARTEN PROTOCOLS TRANSPORTATION FAQ’s

Transportation Forms:

Application for Bus Pass (PAPER)      Bus Stop Review Request Form

PAY ONLINE USING THE MYSCHOOLBUCKS LINK BELOW – FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PAY ONLINE HERE. 

OR PAPER APPLICATION BUTTON

Aug
21

Transportation | City of Tempe, AZ

The Transportation Division is responsible for street signage, pavement markings, barricading, traffic control, street maintenance, sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights, bus and light rail service, and bike lanes and paths.

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The Tempe Transportation Center is closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Tempe Transit Store will be open effective June 15, 2020. Until June 15, to get a residential parking permit or youth transit pass or to schedule an appointment with staff, please email rpp@tempe.gov or call 480-858-2276 (Youth Transit Pass and RPP permits) or 480-350-8663 (all other appointments). 

Click here to report a problem with traffic signals, graffiti, streets, barricades, street lights or any other transportation issue.

For bus, Orbit, light rail and Express route complaints or suggestions, please call 602-253-5000 or email Valley Metro at csr@valleymetro.org.  

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Tempe Transportation Center

200 E. Fifth Street

Tempe, AZ 85281

480-350-4311

24-hour non-emergency: (480) 350-8311

The Tempe Transit Store is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on major holidays. Local and reduced all-day, 7-day, 15-day, 31-day bus passes are available for purchase. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, VISA and MasterCard. Reduced Fare Program IDs are issued from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

The Deputy Director for Engineering & Transportation Department is  Shelly Seyler. For general questions about the transportation program, please contact Sue Taaffe

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Aug
20

Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)


Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) is an initiative to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure. Specifically, rural transportation infrastructure’s unique challenges need to be considered in order to meet our Nation’s priority transportation goals of safety and economic competitiveness.

The ROUTES Initiative is needed for the Nation’s economy.

  • Rural transportation networks are critically important for domestic production and export of agriculture, mining, and energy commodities, as well as the quality of life for all Americans. 

  • Two-thirds of rail freight originates in rural areas, and nearly half of all truck vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) occur on rural roads.   These industries require heavy trucks that create significantly more wear-and-tear on roadways. 

  • Ninety percent of posted (limited weight) bridges are in rural areas and heavy trucks cannot cross posted bridges – to find a safe bridge, heavy trucks hauling in rural areas must traverse three-times the distance as in metro areas.  

The ROUTES Initiative is needed for safety.

  • A disproportionate number of roadway fatalities occur in rural areas.  While only one-fifth of the nation’s population lives in rural areas, 46% of the nation’s highway fatalities occur on rural roads, 39% of all highway-rail crossing fatalities occur in rural areas, and the highway fatality rate is more than twice that in urban areas. 

  • In fact, 44% of personal vehicle miles traveled on rural roadways are actually urban residents traveling to destinations outside their home metro areas, so rural roadway safety matters for our entire country.

ROUTES Council

The ROUTES Council will be chaired by the Under Secretary for Transportation, which will oversee the ROUTES Infrastructure Management Team in three primary activities:

  • Collecting input from stakeholders on the benefits rural projects offer for safety and economic benefits, as well as the type and degree of assistance rural projects require

  • Providing user-friendly information to rural communities to assist them in understanding and applying for DOT discretionary grants

  • Improving DOT’s data-driven approaches to better assess needs and benefits of rural transportation infrastructure projects.

The ROUTES Initiative will be coordinated across key modal administrations, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Rail Administration (FRA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

 

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Last updated: Monday, August 17, 2020

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Aug
19

Phoenix Public Transportation | Get Around With Bus & Rail

  • Need to get from the airport to your downtown hotel? It will cost you $2 if you take Phoenix’s Valley Metro light-rail system. The cost of an all-day pass is $4.

  • But getting from the airport to downtown affordably is just one of light rail’s perks. The 28-mile line links Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa, and includes stops at attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena and Tempe’s Mill Avenue.

  • Light rail’s quiet, air-conditioned trains operate 18-22 hours per day, seven days a week, and stop every 12-20 minutes. The system operates at street level and is powered by electricity from overhead wires.

  • There are 38 stations along the line, and they are adorned with $8 million worth of public art. The artwork at each station reflects the character of the community where it is located. Station platforms can accommodate the boarding of 600 passengers onto a three-car train within 30 seconds. 

  • Convenient transportation to the airport comes by way of PHX Sky Train. This driverless people mover transports Valley Metro Light Rail passengers to the airport from the 44th Street/Washington Street station.

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    Aug
    11

    Transportation in New York City

    Transportation in New York City
    Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
    Map of the U.S. state of New York with New York City highlighted in red
    Overview
    Owner Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, State of New Jersey, other local governments
    Locale New York City metropolitan area
    Transit type Rapid transit, commuter rail, bus and bus rapid transit, light rail, people mover, aerial tramway, bicycle sharing system, taxicab
    Daily ridership More than 10 million
    Operation
    Operator(s) MTA, NJ Transit, PATH, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and private operators

    The transportation system of New York City is a network of complex infrastructural systems. New York City, being the most populous city in the United States, has a transportation system which includes one of the largest subway systems in the world; the world’s first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel; and an aerial tramway. New York City is also home to an extensive bus system in each of the five boroughs; citywide and Staten Island ferry systems; and numerous yellow taxis and boro taxis throughout the city. Private cars are less used compared to other cities in the rest of the United States.

    Within the New York City metropolitan area, the airport system—which includes John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport (located in New Jersey), Stewart Airport and a few smaller facilities—is one of the largest in the world. The Port of New York and New Jersey, which includes the waterways around New York City and its metropolitan area, is one of the busiest seaports in the United States. There are also three commuter rail systems, the PATH rapid transit system to New Jersey, and various ferries between Manhattan and New Jersey. Numerous separate bus systems also operate to Westchester County, Nassau County, and New Jersey. For private vehicles, a system of expressways and parkways connects New York City with its suburbs.

    Background[edit]

    An 1807 version of grid plan for Manhattan.

    History[edit]

    The history of New York City’s transportation system began with the Dutch port of Nieuw Amsterdam. The port had maintained several roads; some were built atop former Lenape trails, others as “commuter” links to surrounding cities, and one was even paved by 1658 from orders of Petrus Stuyvesant, according to Burrow, et al.[1] The 19th century brought changes to the format of the system’s transport: the establishment of a Manhattan street grid through the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811,[2] as well as an unprecedented link between the then-separate cities of New York and Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1883.[3]

    The Second Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed the city – the port infrastructure grew at such a rapid pace after the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal that New York became the most important connection between all of Europe and the interior of the United States. Elevated trains and subterranean transportation (‘El trains’ and ‘subways’) were introduced between 1867 and 1904. In 1904, the first subway line became operational.