From the Cape Cod Regional Transportation Authority:
In an ongoing effort to improve transportation opportunities for Cape Cod’s significant senior population, the CCRTA hosted the first of its biannual meetings with Council on Aging Directors from across the Cape. The session was the culmination of a year of enhanced collaboration with the transit agency and senior leaders in Barnstable County. Cape Cod’s population over age 60 is projected to grow from 36% (77,000 persons) in 2015 to 43% (83,000 persons) by 2030. A recent editorial appearing Cape wide indicated that the relevant service sectors in our region may be inadequately scaled to meet the future needs of this important demographic.
Tom Cahir, CCRTA Administrator stated, “We have learned a great deal from our COA partners over this past year. We have implemented several reforms that have already improved mobility options relating to transit access and affordability. I look forward to continuing to effectuate positive change in public transportation across Cape Cod for seniors.”
The CCRTA/COA Fall Luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in the conference room at the Hyannis Transportation Center. Various important topics were discussed with a celebratory theme based on the accomplishments and meaningful reforms already implemented during the past year. Three presentations were made by CCRTA staff. It was also noted that more than four thousand seniors have taken advantage of Free Fare Wednesday since it was unveiled this past June.
COA Directors and Councils on Aging Serving Together (COAST) co-chairman Lynne Watermann and Chris Hottle, who have been instrumental in assisting CCRTA this past year, actively participated in the event and said, "The collaboration between the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and the Cape Cod Councils on Aging is essential if we are to meet the transportation needs of the growing and significant senior population in our region.”