REPORT ON SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY. NUMBER 1, TRANSPORTATION--A LOW COST, FARE-FREE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

This report is the first in a series on county efforts to help the elderly, sponsored by the Aging Program, National Association of Counties Research Foundation, and a grant from DHEW. Cape May County, on the southern tip of New Jersey, is a resort community in the summer but for the rest of the year the county has only a small scattering of stores, a few service industries, and 15,878 elderly residents. These residents faced many problems because in the winter there was no public transportation in the county. To cope with this problem, Cape May City bought a 12 passenger van in 1970 to help elderly residents get to stores and to doctors' offices. Since then the service has expanded and now most of the free rides are provided by 44-seat school buses that follow six separate routes on fixed schedules. The program employs 10 drivers, called senior assistants, who all have completed special driving courses as well as emergency medical technician training. Costs are currently shared by the county and Federal grants. In 1976 an estimated 120,000 free rides were offered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Assoc of Counties Research Foundation

    1735 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006

    Administration on Aging

    Model Projects in Aging Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20201
  • Authors:
    • Jones, P
    • Rott, E
    • Murphy, M B
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191640
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: DHEW-AOA-90-714
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM