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The 2006 San Mateo County Senior Mobility Action Plan is the work of a broad coalition of concerned entities, with the leadership of the San Mateo County Transit District, to keep older people safe and connected to their communities as problems related to aging make it harder for them to get around. Funded by a Caltrans Statewide Planning grant, this plan built on earlier work to document needs and focuses on working with organizations and local governments in the
County to initiate effective action. A Steering Committee was formed consisting of 35 representatives of interested organizations and governments, including advisory and advocacy groups. The Senior Mobility Initiative was formed by SamTrans and the Steering Committee to implement the priority mobility strategies that emerged from the Plan:
Community Transit Services
Community-Based Transportation Services
Encouraging Use of Transit
Information & Assistance
The Mobility Ambassador program trains volunteers and stations them at senior centers throughout the county to provide assistance to seniors and people with disabilities with using transit, remaining a safe driver, alternatives to transit,and walking.
The volunteer Ambassadors are stationed at host senior centers and conduct various activities that include but are not limited to:
making educational outreach presentations
conducting group and one-on-one rider training
organizing transit field trips
distributing information and guidance on transit options
Program implementation began in January 2010 and will expand to additional senior centers under the New Freedom Cycle 3 grant.
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