2017-18 ATCI Community Descriptions and Updates

/2017-18 ATCI Community Descriptions and Updates
2017-18 ATCI Community Descriptions and Updates2017-07-25T18:53:30-04:00

2017-18 ATCI Grant Recipients

ESPAC is happy to announce the recipients of the 2017-18 ATCI grants.  Each community is currently hard at work preparing for their in-person ATCI event.  Below is a short description of each community including their urgent transportation needs and a local contact person.  Join us in congratulating each community!


Dodge County, Wisconsin

Dodge County, WI has many businesses that can not get enough workers yet also has many residents who can not reliably get to work. Our use of grant funds will primarily focus on getting residents to employment and secondarily improve access to transportation for others. For more information, please contact Paul Scharfman, paul@specialcheese.com.


Door County, Wisconsin

Planning is under way to improve access to transportation for people in Door County, WI. Door-Tran is committed to finding affordable, available, and accessible transportation for Door County residents. “Research has been an intricate and ongoing project of Door-Tran and this opportunity for Easterseal’s to help with a current needs assessment will allow us to keep people moving in Door County”, said Pam Busch, Mobility Manager for Door-Tran. Door-Tran staff and a team of representatives from the City of Sturgeon Bay, County of Door, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and United Way of Door County will develop a plan to strengthen the availability and accessibility of transportation services locally through a cross-agency approach and to move forward with some new or expanded areas of focus following the two-day event. For more information, contact Pam Busch at info@door-tran.org.


Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, population 12,500, is considering alternatives to strengthen its transit options for citizens with and without disabilities. Fort Atkinson’s senior center has undergone a resurgence under a new director. Unfortunately, access to the programming has been limited for some, due, in part, to transportation barriers. Having a dedicated van that can offer lifts to the center has been a long time goal. Fort Atkinson is also home to a large number of community based residential facilities whose members may have their transit needs met for medical appointments, but not necessarily for social and community events that help them integrate into the community. Other populations that can use a lift are those new to the country without drivers licenses, young people without cars who need access to jobs, and one-car families that have occasional needs for two. Fort Atkinson hopes to partner with Brown Cab, its contracted shared ride taxi provider, to maximize the use of the Easterseals Accessible Transportation Community Initiative grant to bring our community together. For more information, contact Chris Nye at cnye@fortatkinsonwi.net.


Kanabec and Mille Lacs Counties, Minnesota

Kanabec County – Timber Trails Public Transit is very excited to be the recipient of an ACTI grant.  We will be considering a broad range of transportation related issues in Kanabec and Mille Lacs Counties: low population densities that make it extremely difficult to sustain rural public transit but the need for transportation to medical appointments, shopping and for socialization still exists; accessibility concerns like safe cross walks, accessible sidewalks and parking; and healthy transportation options like safe biking and walking for all ages.  In this region we also have major highways that separate many senior drivers from access to grocery stores and medical facilities.  We have a big job ahead of us and it will take the engagement of the whole community to be successful.  For more information, please contact Helen Pieper at helen.pieper@co.kanabec.mn.us.


Pierre, South Dakota

River Cities Public Transit (RCPT) is an innovative public transit service providing transportation 24hours-a-day, 7 days a week in 11 counties in central South Dakota. Operating a curb-to-curb to serve many populations in the region including people with disabilities, older adults and others needing transportation allows RCPT to provide service to much of the region, but there are still gaps, including in the more rural parts of the 11 counties served. With this grant, RCPT will explore the Pierre community for any unmet transportation needs and develop a plan to bridge the gaps and provide a service that will accommodate the needs of all individuals in need of transportation services. For more information, please contact Chuck Quinn chuck.quinn@midconetwork.com.


Snoqualmie Valley, Washington

Working with Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, City of Snoqualmie, City of Carnation and Snoqualmie Tribe, Hopelink will host the two-day ATCI event aimed at developing a plan to strengthen the availability and accessibility of local transportation options. Hopelink also will conduct a transportation needs assessment in the area.  Hopelink is the fiscal agent for the King County Mobility Coalition; an organization charged with improving mobility alternatives for people with limited transportation options due to age, income, disability, limited English proficiency or other issues. In addition to Carnation, Hopelink has emergency service centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Shoreline. Hopelink serves 64,000 low-income people annually. For more information please contact mobility@hopelink.org.


Southwest Washington Region

Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties of Washington State comprise the Southwest Regional Transportation Planning Area Accessible Transportation Community Living Initiative (ATCI).  The focus of the ATCI’s 2-Day Planning Event is to build upon the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Plan, as well as the formation of ongoing ATCI stakeholder meetings to implement the outcomes of the Planning Event and continue the evaluation of transportation needs and development of solutions in the region. For more information, contact Debbie Hale at Debbieh@hsc-wa.org.

Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Waukesha County is Wisconsin’s third most populous county, located in the southeastern region of the state.  The County is home to the state’s second largest population of older adults numbered at approximately 79,000 individuals age 60 and older.  Waukesha County has a combination of rural, urban, and suburban areas, making a centralized transportation system challenging. The current specialized transportation system is fractured, with multiple providers that have limited service areas and hours.  The public bus system is available only in the county seat.  The Find a Ride Network initiative formed in 2015 to begin researching solutions for Waukesha County’s rapidly growing number of older adults applied for the ATCI project to develop an implementation plan for a coordinated transportation system.  For information, contact Kathy Gale at KathyG@ERAsWaukesha.org.


Whatcom County, Washington

The team from Whatcom County is comprised of staff from the Whatcom Council of Governments, the Arc of Whatcom, The Whatcom Council on Aging, Whatcom Transportation Authority and the Whatcom Community Foundation. The team will build a stakeholder group comprised of community members who are elderly or have disabilities. We will work first to identify transportation barriers and then we will develop strategies to remove or improve the barriers. For more information contact Mary Anderson at Mary@wcog.org.


Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Winnebago County ATCI Team hopes to make the system changes necessary to provided needed mobility options for older adults and disabled population in our rural parts of the county.  We feel that providing a comprehensive transportation system that will meet the needs of our vulnerable population will provide a system better for everyone.  This includes mobility options crossing county/city boundaries as well as rides for employment. For more information, contact Nickolas Musson at nmusson@ecwrpc.org.