MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED: A CASE FOR CHOICES

Human resources agencies which serve the elderly, the urban and rural poor, and the handicapped at the federal, state and local level, know very little about planning, designing, managing, equipping and maintaining transit systems. On the other hand, until recently, it has never been necessary for transit providers to know a great deal about the specialized needs of the elderly and handicapped. A November 1974 study of transportation authorities in the programs administered by HEW, DOL, OEO and the Department of Transportation revealed that no less than 30 programs are authorized by law or regulation to provide transportation funds or services to eligible program clients. What is desperately needed now is a policy that mandates coordination. Unless the human resources agencies and the transportation industry can eliminate fragmentation and duplication of efforts, learn from one another the best way to serve everyone, and make every dollar a dollar well spent, both will be bankrupt and disillusioned.

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  • Accession Number: 00097125
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM