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Transportation, especially for rural and underserved communities, can be one of the biggest barriers for older people and people with disabilities to get the medical care they need.

Schumer, Gillibrand and Morelle fought for increased funding for the federal transit pilot program to strengthen partnerships between healthcare and transportation options

Reps: A new program will allow seniors and residents of Greater Rochester to get to the doctor with just one click!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $240,000 grant to Lifespan of Greater Rochester to improve transportation services to doctors and other non-emergency medical appointments for underserved Finger Lakes residents. Lawmakers said the funding will allow Lifespan to expand its one-click “Finger Lakes” web portal to help riders access community transportation and plan their trips. Additionally, the funding will help Lifespan expand its staff to better serve residents in all counties to travel to major medical centers like Strong Memorial or Rochester General Hospital for medical services.

“Transportation is what connects our communities, but for too many older Finger Lakes residents, especially in our rural and underserved areas, this lifeline can be one of the biggest barriers to getting the care we need. they need. That’s why I’m proud to provide this essential funding to Lifespan of Greater Rochester to boost public transit services and assistance to help people get to doctors, dentists and other essential appointments. with just one click, said Senator Schumer. “I have fought hard to increase federal program funding to improve unique transportation options like those offered by Lifespan to help get people where they need to go, and I will continue to fight to bring resources back to home so the greater Rochester area can keep rolling towards a brighter future.”

“Low-cost, easy-to-access transportation is a lifeline for the elderly and people with disabilities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will help ensure that older residents of Finger Lakes can attend doctor’s appointments and access other essential services. I am proud to have fought to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill to secure critical funding for transportation access and will continue to fight to improve public transit in our state.

“Finding accessible and reliable transportation is one of the biggest barriers preventing older residents from receiving the essential health services they need and deserve,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “I am proud to have worked alongside my partners, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, to provide this funding that will strengthen transportation services for our aging community. Lifespan is already doing amazing work to uplift our most vulnerable populations, and I’m grateful that this funding will enable them to provide an even higher level of care to those who need it most.

Ann Marie Cook, President and CEO of Lifespan said, “Lifespan is very grateful to receive funding to connect people to needed transportation services. One of the main reasons seniors call Lifespan is to learn and connect to transportation so they can get to doctor’s appointments. During the pandemic, many voluntary providers closed their doors. This funding is essential as we help people access medical services and other necessary appointments. We greatly appreciate the support of Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Congressman Morelle for their efforts to secure needed funding for seniors in our area.

Specifically, this grant will allow Lifespan of Greater Rochester to establish a regional mobility manager to help better coordinate transportation county-by-county, strengthening services for those who need to travel further afield. Additionally, it will help purchase new software to expand the “Finger Lakes One-Click Regional Web Portal,” creating an integrated and seamless process that riders can use to access community transportation. The expanded portal will include the ability to plan and pay for transit trips, and customizations will help better determine options based on travel and accessibility needs.

Lawmakers also pointed out that the innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility pilot program, which funded this grant, received a $25 million boost through the bipartisan Investment and Jobs in infrastructure, increasing the opportunities for expansion of programs like this throughout upstate New York. The FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants aim to improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers. The program provides competitive funding to support innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services.


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