Seniors & Accessible Transportation Services

Seniors & Accessible Transportation Services

bus rider in wheelchair

Photo credit: Santa Cruz METRO

Guide to Specialized Transportation Services

A Guide to Specialized Transportation Services (Spanish version) for seniors and people with disabilities in Santa Cruz County is published by the RTC. This guide lists accessible transportation services available in Santa Cruz County including eligibility requirements, hours/schedule, service charges, service area, and more details.

ParaCruz (operated by Santa Cruz Metro) and Lift Line (operated by Community Bridges) are key providers of local accessible transportation services.

Advisory Committee

The RTC’s Elderly & Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee (E&D TAC) generally meets every even numbered month and advises the RTC on planning, policy and funding issues affecting accessible transportation. All are welcome to attend the E&D TAC meetings.  Voting members include citizens, representatives from groups/agencies working with seniors and people with disabilities, and transportation service providers.

Transit Needs Assessment

Each year the RTC and its E&D TAC develop a list of paratransit and transit needs. This “Unmet Transit and Paratransit Needs List” identifies transportation needs that have community support, but are not currently being met by the existing public transit system. While many transit needs cannot be met due to limited funding, the Unmet Needs List serves to highlight these needs for decision-makers and the public, as well as identifying the highest priority unmet needs. The list is drafted by the E&D TAC and is reviewed and adopted by the Regional Transportation Commission each year.

The Final 2022 List of Unmet Transit and Paratransit Needs was adopted by the RTC at the May 5, 2022 meeting. Public input on the Unmet Needs List can submitted to info@sccrtc.org and will be considered in future updates.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) invites the public to comment on the Draft 2022 Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (CPTP).

The Draft Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Plan is a regional planning tool that identifies local transit needs for elderly, disabled and low-income persons, and facilitates applications for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 grant program. Funding through the 5310 program provides assistance to non-profit groups and transit operators in meeting the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. The public review and comment period starts September 15, 2022 and ends October 17, 2022. For further details please visit https://www.ambag.org/.

Links

Guide to Specialized Transportation Services

2022 Unmet Transit and Specialized Transportation Needs 

Trasit Needs Online form

Mobility Needs and Bus Use of Aging and Disabled Adults Report (2013)

2005 Paratransit Task Force recommendations and related materials

Pedestrian reports with a focus on accessibility

RTC Contact

Grace Blakeslee
Senior Transportation Planner
info@sccrtc.org
(831) 460-3200