Community Members Sought to Serve on Elderly & Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is seeking individuals interested in serving the community by becoming members or alternates of the Elderly & Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee (E&D TAC). This important committee works with the RTC to identify and meet transportation needs of people living with disabilities, senior citizens, and low-income communities.

Citizen committees such as the E&D TAC are vital to the RTC as they advise the commission on critical transportation-related issues, policies, plans, programs, and projects that affect the entire community.

Members of the E&D TAC review and guide the planning of specialized transportation programs, propose methods of using transportation to integrate the elderly and disabled population into the community, and serve as transportation advocates on the behalf of the elderly and disabled. The committee provides a forum for communication between public and private agencies, service providers, and system users.

Recent committee activities include creating the annual Unmet Paratransit and Transit Needs list, identifying accessible pedestrian network improvements, and listing specialized transportation service providers in an easy to read guide. Many of the committee’s activities are focused on supporting “safety-net” services and providing opportunities for seniors and people living with disabilities to stay connected to the community and avoid isolation.

“It’s a great pleasure serving on the E&D TAC and being part of a team discussing the transportation and mobility issues that impact the elderly and disabled in our community,” said Kirk Ance, committee member and representative of the transportation service provider Lift Line. “Participating on a problem-solving team that makes recommendations and implements solutions to help meet the needs of others is very rewarding.”

The committee is comprised of 16 members who are citizens, service providers, and agency representatives. Committee meetings are every other month and members are eligible to receive reimbursement for direct travel expenses associated with travel to and from meetings. For more information or an application, visit sccrtc.org/meetings/elderly-disabled/ or contact the RTC at 831-460-3200 or info@sccrtc.org.