Making transportation accessible for seniors

Pinellas County, FL – In 2006, due to the work of FAST, Brian Smith, Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, agreed to create a new one-number system for senior transportation. This new system, unveiled in March 2006, works with the Area Agency for Aging and allows seniors to speak directly to a trained professional who can help them with their transportation needs. This system benefits over 20,500 seniors in Pinellas County who cannot drive.

Funding late night bus service in Tampa

Tampa, FL – In 2006, HOPE successfully persuaded Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) to extend late night bus service until 1AM on eight priority bus routes during the week and two extra hours on weekends at cost of $1.1 million. These extensions have been maintained despite severe budget cuts in the past few years.

Columbus’ Near East Transit Center opened

Columbus, OH – The Near East Transit Center opened in 2006 and provides a major link for center-city residents to outer-belt jobs. BREAD began pushing for this center in 2000 and had Congresswoman Deborah Pryce champion funding at the federal level, resulting in a $1 million federal grant. BREAD also brought together numerous community meetings with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) to assist with the design of the center. In addition to expanding transportation, the Transit Center now features 9,617 square feet of retail and office space in what was previously considered a decaying corridor.