As a result of an enhanced collaboration between the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) and Cape Cod Councils on Aging, one of the recently enacted reforms (semi-annual meetings) took place in the conference room at the Hyannis Transportation Center on Tuesday June 5th. Two years ago an editorial appeared in the local print media suggesting that due to the extraordinary number of seniors residing on Cape Cod and that number projected to grow prospectively, sufficient planning needed to be conducted in the areas of Housing, Health Care and Transportation. At that time, the CCRTA reached out to all the Cape’s Councils on Aging Directors in an effort to share ideas and engage in an ongoing dialogue intended to collectively improve senior mobility options in our region. After several months of discussion the CCRTA unveiled several reforms that most feel are significant and are making a difference. Although CCRTA and the Councils on Aging have long enjoyed a productive relationship, some of the new initiatives have shown marked improvements. CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir stated, “The Council Directors have been enormously helpful in educating me and my staff on measures that could be beneficial in transporting seniors. The initiatives we have undertaken have proven to be very successful.”
The initiatives implemented include additional transportation support, improved senior travel safety and better communication:
During the meeting, 13 of the 15 COA Director’s participated in a discussion pertaining to specific transportation challenges/issues they are facing in their respective Cape towns. Several CCRTA staff members also spoke about safety, training, reporting and maintenance. At the conclusion of the meeting 9 COA’s were awarded new paratransit vans as part of a grant award that the CCRTA received. Mashpee’s COA Director Lynn Waterman and Barnstable’s Madeline Noonan co-chair Council’s on Aging Serving Together (COAST) and have been integral in the effective collaboration with the CCRTA. Ms. Noonan stated “ the strong and collaborative partnership that exists between the Cape COA’s and the CCRTA has improved transportation services for older persons throughout our 15 towns, linking them to vital resources so they can continue to age successfully and live independently on Cape Cod. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to ensure that we are meeting their transportation needs by getting them where they need to go as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible”.
About the CCTRA: The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) is one of 15 Regional Transit Authorities within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has been providing public transportation services since 1976 to residents and visitors as well as consumers of state agencies and human service organizations for all 15 Cape Cod communities. The CCRTA owns and operates the Hyannis Transportation Center in downtown Hyannis and the state of the art Operations and Maintenance Facility in South Dennis. For more information, visit Cape Cod RTA at our website www.capecodrta.org or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/capecodrta and https://www.facebook.com/Capeflyer & Twitter https://twitter.com/Capecodrta & https://twitter.com/CapeFLYER1 and Instagram https://instagram.com/capeflyer/