OLDER DRIVERS BRING RELIABILITY, COMPASSION TO TRANSPORT SERVICE

This article highlights the older drivers of a nonprofit paratransit company in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, who bring reliability and compassion to their jobs. Community Transit, founded in 1982 and funded largely by the Pennsylvania Lottery Fund, addresses 2 concerns related to aging in the community; transportation and senior employment. Each day, the drivers transport about 1,800 people, many of whom are older or have disabilities, to various destinations in or near the county. The demand-responsive, door-to-door shared rides require reservations the day before, and seniors pay 15% of the normal fare. Most of the company's 175 drivers are aged 65 or older; 25% are 70 or older. They earn $6/hour, have an impressive safety record for the nearly 2 million miles they log each year, and are courteous, reliable, flexible, and extremely helpful and compassionate to their clientele.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Council on the Aging

    409 Third Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • Reinemer, M
  • Publication Date: 1998

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 6-7
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2000 12:00AM