About the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency of the Stanislaus Region
In 1979, the California Social Services Transportation Improvement Act was passed with the intention that each county establish a Consolidated Transportation Services Agency to better coordinate the many programs serving the transportation needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and others. After extensive outreach and public input during the Fiscal Year 2009/10 Transportation Development Act Unmet Transit Needs Assessment process, the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) identified a gap in the region’s public transit systems, the need for mobility training and door-through-door service for those too frail to use fixed route, dial-a-ride, and paratransit services. In response to this specialized need, in 2010 StanCOG established the Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) of the Stanislaus Region that is now known as MOVE.
Since 2010, MOVE has expanded offering a list of specialized programs becoming a vital part of the transportation services available in the Stanislaus region. The details of each of the MOVE programs are described below.
Mobility Training – The Road to Independence
The Mobility Training Program teaches participants how to independently use fixed route transit throughout Stanislaus County. Trainers work with individuals one-on-one and in groups to train participants how to use the multiple public transit systems available. Training can include lessons in how to read a schedule, planning a trip, paying the fare, using accessibility features, and taking actual rides on the bus. Without this training, many of the participants would either use the much more costly form of transit, Dial-A-Ride, or simply would not be able to attend work and/or day programs.
BRIDGES Volunteer Driver Program – Changing Lives One Ride at a Time
The BRIDGES Volunteer Driver Program provides specialized transportation, including door-through-door service, for the region’s most vulnerable residents who are unable to use public transit or existing volunteer driver programs available in the county. BRIDGES is designed to provide service to those that require transportation assistance to access everyday needs including: medical appointments, grocery shopping, and social activities. Riders recruit their own volunteer drivers, schedule trips with the volunteer drivers at their convenience, and receive mileage reimbursement for qualified trips.
Veterans Van Volunteer Driver Program – Helping Veterans Have Access to Healthcare
Although Veterans in the Stanislaus region are able to use public transit or the Veteran Administration (VA) Shuttle to get to medical appointments in Modesto, Livermore, Palo Alto and other VA facilities, this is not always a viable option for homebound Veterans. For this reason, several years ago a Veteran named Joe Madden started the Veterans Van Volunteer Driver Program using his own vehicle. Since then, the program has grown with the donation of two wheelchair-accessible vans and an increase in the number of volunteer drivers. MOVE assists by helping schedule rides. For more information, please call (209)200-9021.
Outreach – Making Connections with the Community
MOVE participates in many events and presentations throughout the Stanislaus region. When out in the community, MOVE not only promotes their specialized transportation services, but it also assists the public with any transportation needs they may have. MOVE is knowledgeable about the services provided by Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), Modesto Area Express (MAX), Bus Line Service of Turlock (BLST), and Ceres Area Transit (CAT), the four public transit agencies in the county. MOVE also connects the public with other human services agencies who provide transportation helping determine the best options to meet the needs for those in the region.Technical Assistance for Human Services Agencies
MOVE is available to assist other human service agencies providing transportation services with grant applications, compliance, and reporting processes. This technical support provides assistance to agencies in managing the complexities of federal or state programs, thus allowing the agencies to focus on other elements of their mission. MOVE also has the resources to assist with technical projects such as the design of scheduling processes and vehicle procurement. Through these programs, MOVE can assist in sustaining or providing new transportation programs which are needed in the Stanislaus region.
CTSA Contact Information:
3500 Coffee Road, Suite 19
Modesto, CA 95355
Program Manager: Stacie Morales
If you have any additional questions regarding the MOVE, please contact Stephen Hanamaikai at (209) 525-4646 or email at email@example.com. Interpreters are available when placing calls to the StanCOG office.