New transportation pilot project rolling in C-K

first_imgTo help assist low-income – or rural-based – individuals facing transportation challenges, Family Service Kent has partnered with the municipality on a pilot project.The fee-for-service program, named adVANtage Transportation Service, was soft launched earlier this year and expanded to accept referrals from the general public last month. All fares are based on a passenger’s ability to pay, Family Service Kent stated in a media release.“The more barriers a person faces, the more likely they are to be excluded from activities and opportunities,” the organization stated. “Chatham-Kent, as a largely automobile-dependent rural community, presents some difficulties for residents who are non-drivers, who do not have a driver’s licence, who live in a low-income household, who are recent immigrants or refugees, and/or who have disabilities.”The program has one accessible vehicle that can hold two passengers in wheelchairs and seven walk-on passengers at the same time.Rates operate on a sliding scale and are determined by filling out an application and providing proof of combined gross household income.Eligible residents can use the service for a variety of needs, such as appointments or social activities. The project is for those up to 60 years of age, after which residents are served through the Community Home-Support Assisting People program.Through this project, which will last four years, the aim was to “reduce social isolation and improve quality of life for Chatham-Kent residents who do not currently qualify, or are presently underserved by, existing transit options in the municipality,” the organization stated.For more information, call 519-354-6221, ext. 275, or email [email protected]

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