Every day, somewhere in Montrose there is a senior facing the end of a relationship with one of his or her first loves: their car. Every day, there are sons and daughters dreading the conversation that they know they need to have with their Mom or Dad about giving up the keys, for their own safety and the safety of others. Younger generations are embracing public transit and other alternative modes of transportation, but the car still remains a symbol and source of independence, especially for older generations in rural areas with limited public transit.
With door-to-door assisted transportation, the public bus service in the Montrose/Olathe area and the regional medical shuttle, All Points Transit provides a considerable amount of service in Montrose, Delta and San Miguel Counties. However, the 501c3 non-profit organization cannot sustainably fill all of the needs of the growing senior population. In Montrose, there is a waiting list for seniors and people with disabilities to enroll in the door-to-door service. Veterans have some additional options with the DAV van that makes trips to the VA Hospital in Grand Junction and to the local Montrose clinic. Road Runner Stage Lines (www.roadrunnerstagelines.com) has taken over the old Greyhound Route and runs from Durango to Grand Junction and back daily.
Montrose has impressive transit options for a rural community of its size, but seniors can still sometimes face a day without food as they search for a ride to the grocery store, or need to reschedule a medical appointment due to a lack of transportation.
All Points Transit, Region 10 and a number of other community partners are seeking community solutions to fill these gaps. One growing effort is focused on building a formal volunteer driver program that would complement current services for seniors and other transit-dependent populations. Region 10 has already recruited a few volunteer drivers and can offer some rides to those who are unable to access the All Points Transit schedule. Region 10 is teaming up with Time Bank of the Rockies (www.timebankoftherockies.org) to find volunteers that can offer transportation and other services to seniors in need.
“Montrose has impressive transit options for a rural community of its size, but seniors can still sometimes face a day without food as they search for a ride to the grocery store, or need to reschedule a medical appointment due to a lack of transportation.”
What gaps do you see in transit services? Join us January 27th at 11am in the Sneffels Meeting Room in Region 10 at 300 N Cascade to learn more about current transit options and to discuss gaps and potential community solutions. All Points Transit is also working on route changes for the Montrose City Bus, with the hope of shortening trip times to popular destinations and altering the routes to reach more neighborhoods. Come to the meeting to give your input on priority areas for public transit service.
More information on All Points Transit is available at www.allpointstransit.org. To learn more about local and regional transit options that are available to you, call Mobility Manager Sarah Curtis at 249-6204.