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OUR MISSION

25 REASONS WHY

 

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With limited transportation in rural communities, millions of seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and young families lack necessities like health care, groceries, and employment because they cannot drive or afford a vehicle. We are solving mobility problems that have plagued rural communities for decades. Here’s a sampling of 25 realities that have driven us forward in our mission to connect communities.


Rural Areas


Disabilities


Elderly

  • Nearly 40% of America’s transit-dependent populations, including senior citizens, low-income families, and persons with disabilities, reside in rural areas. (Community Transportation Association of America)

  • 20% of adults aged 65 or older suffer from isolation, which can have negative health consequences as severe as smoking. Lack of affordable and accessible transportation options is cited as a major contributing factor in this epidemic.

    (AARP)

  • In rural America, only 14% of elderly residents report having any kind of public transit service available within one-half mile of their home. (Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy)

Low Income

  • An estimated 25% of low-income patients are forced to miss or reschedule their medical appointments due to a lack of transportation each year. (Journal of Community Health)

  • Over 30% of Native Americans live in poverty, while remoteness and lack of public transit options make access to employment, medical services, shopping, and education a major challenge. (Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute)

  • Limited transportation options prevent rural, low-income persons and families from reaching the government services and programs designed to lift them out of poverty. (National Association for State Community Services Programs)

  • Limitations of existing public transit systems— such as a lack of evening or weekend service— often prevent welfare recipients from obtaining employment, making childcare arrangements, or keeping a job. (Community Transportation Association)

Medical

  • Among migrant workers, 80% cite a lack of transportation as the primary reason for the last time that their child faced an unmet medical need. (Journal of Community Health)

  • In areas with a population below 200,000, nearly one out of every 10 transit trips is taken for medical purposes. (Small Urban and Rural Liveability Center)

  • Households lacking vehicle access and transportation options are more likely to report missed medical appointments, and are less likely to receive critical medical treatments like chemotherapy. (Journal of Community Health)

Veterans

  • One of the primary barriers to rural veteran healthcare access is long travel distances to the nearest Veterans Affairs (VA) health facility. (Rural Health Information Hub)

  • About 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans.

    (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans)

  • Nineteen percent of Veterans with colorectal cancer had difficulty with transportation to appointments, and a second study found that 35 % of female Veterans over age 65 had transportation barriers to health care access. (Office of Rural Health)