Several local organizations, including Atlanta Regional Commission, AARP, MAVEN and AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, hosted a transportation summit this week. The subject was the needs of transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities and non-drivers in the metro Atlanta area. However, this is sometimes more of a problem in smaller communities where seniors have to rely on friends and neighbors just for trips to the grocery store or clinic.
According to a press release from the ARC, it was reported that last year the Atlanta region ranked worst among large metro areas for access to transit for seniors. However, the situation has reportedly improved since then. Cited as improvements are volunteer driver programs, transportation vouchers, travel training on transit and community shuttles for seniors providing flexible alternatives to help non-drivers get around.
While much of the purpose of this summit was likely to encourage