PPACG Announces Specialized Transportation Needs Assessment Focus Groups | The gallery

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments announced that the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center awarded a $20,000 grant to conduct a transportation needs assessment in El Paso County.

In January 2021, PPACG became the direct recipient of Federal Transit Administration funding for seniors and persons with disabilities transportation. For many years, PPACG has distributed funds to nonprofit senior transportation providers through the Senior Citizens of America Act and the Elder Coloradans Act.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s needs assessment will focus on identifying gaps in transportation services for people with disabilities and seniors. The project also emphasizes understanding the needs of our diverse community. Our goal is to identify solutions to service gaps and outreach opportunities to increase accessibility. Following the conclusion of the assessment, PPACG will work with vendors, end users and experts on the development of projects to improve and expand service delivery options in our region.

We need the public’s help! The PPACG will organize focus group meetings to help support the needs assessment project. We encourage people with disabilities and older people who depend on transportation services or who are caring for someone who relies on the services to participate in one of our focus group meetings. The PPACG will host at least two hybrid meetings that will allow people who cannot attend in person to attend virtually. Links to virtual meetings will be posted one week prior to the meeting on our website ppacg.org/aaa-events/.

The following meetings are scheduled for July:

2 p.m. Friday, July 22 — Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs (80903).

5:30 p.m., July 25 – Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging with virtual attendance option, 14 S. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs (80905).

2 p.m. July 27 – Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr., Fountain (80817).

3 p.m., July 28 – Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging with virtual attendance option, 14 S. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs (80905).

For more information about the project and focus groups, contact Laura Crews at [email protected] or 719-471-2096.

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