Beaver Creek Public Transit
LMPOA 10/1/2008 Transportation Report
We need to advertise www.ShareTheRide.com now that we are permitted to use it. We are beginning immediately at the BC Kiwanis Community Spaghetti Dinner scheduled for Friday, 9/26.
Current Public Transit:
The Summer Swim Bus from
Volunteer Transport Services:
Currently a number of residents drive neighbors and others to medical appointments and grocery shopping. Most of those needing transport are elderly and can no longer drive themselves. A local coordinator for this volunteer service was considered, but it appears better to encourage volunteers and those who need transport to work through Silver Linings, formerly Verde Valley Caregivers. LMPOA is currently working with Silver Linings to recruit additional drivers from our area. There will be a volunteer information table at the November 15 community meeting.
Section 5310 Grant:
The Arizona Rural Transit Needs Study completed in May of 2008 lists the Lake Montezuma CDP as a section 5310 service alternative. Two of our local 501(c)3 agencies are considering applying for a van through NACOG beginning in January. Chris Fetzer, NACOG Division Chief for Planning/Human & Community Services recommends that the lead on an application might best be the
Privately Owned Transit Companies:
There are several that serve the Beaver Creek area. They are appreciated and appear to do their job well. However the high charges of the private operators prohibit consistent use by residents. Red Rock Taxi has offered to regularly schedule its 5 passenger van to our area for either senior trips to shopping or youth trips to employment. We would likely need to assist passengers with the cost as it is about $60 each way for transit to
We have teenagers who would like to work in
We do not feel that residents in need should have to drive to
Further Research Needs:
Our local community has recently been surveyed about their opinion on the need for public transportation. The result will be available on November 15. We need to get further detailed information in particular from seniors, the Hispanic population in general, youth, and specials needs residents.
We need to explore and get more detailed information for most of the paragraphs above.
Thursday, October 2, at 9 AM in the YCSO substation next to the Lake Montezuma Post Office. This meeting’s topic is public transportation.
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