What Does New Visions Say About the Elderly & Disabled?

The New Visions 2030 Plan addresses the needs of the elderly and mobility disabled population in several ways. The Plan recognizes that the population is aging and that the mobility expectations of this next generation of “elderly” persons will be higher than its earlier counterparts. Some of the plan’s action items address this by recommending improved signage and sign reflectivity and improved site distances, particularly at intersections. Other action items address mobility concerns of both the elderly and mobility disabled populations. The Plan calls for locating human service agencies, senior housing, assisted living and nursing homes in places that are easily served by transit. The plan also calls for coordination of human service agency transportation and for regional mobility management.

In a related effort, the SAFETEA-LU legislation requires that projects selected for funding under the Section 5310 Elderly Individuals with Disabilities Program, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program, and the New Freedom Program be “derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan”, and that the plan be “developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and participation by the public. The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for the Capital District was adopted in June 2007 and its recommendations have been incorporated into the New Visions 2030 material.

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