Monday, January 26, 2009

Volunteer Driving Service Running Out Of Funding

A program that provides rides for residents 60 and older who have mental or physical disabilities has only enough funding to continue operating through February.

Care Cars for Elders provided 3,599 trips to doctors for 242 frail and elderly clients last year. Volunteers drove more than 50,000 miles. There's a huge need for this kind of service but not enough money to go around for all the area social service agencies. Here's the story.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.