In 2019, several federal and state funding losses and program changes were anticipated to eliminate transit routes, close multiple volunteer programs, and negatively affect mobility options for older adults. To mitigate this impact, mobility partners and stakeholders in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties adopted a new innovative model called the RTC.
The RTC is a compendium of transportation providers, mobility programs, service providers, medical providers, & community agencies/groups that are partnered together into a collaborative mobility model serving the entire region.
The new mobility model brings together both traditional & non-traditional stakeholders to create streamlined mobility supports, leverage resources, implement new programs, source funding, form long-term plans, & collect data. The model ensures a collective approach to tackling transportation needs of aging adults & individuals with disabilities on a regional level ultimately enabling strategic, efficient, & complex mobility programs as well as the comprehensive utilization of resources & funding. Although the RTC efforts are targeted at supporting aging adults and individuals with disabilities - ALL of the initiatives developed are designed to beinclusive, non-competitive, and benefit the community at large.
Managed by RRRC, the RTC is designed to provide overarching support and long-term stability to the region’s mobility programs through strategic planning, grant writing, and data collection, with the goal of efficiently leveraging transportation resources and increasing mobility options for older adults and those with disabilities.
In 2021, the RTC’s call center received over 5,000 calls and provided over 3,000 coordination calls. RTC coordinated and also documented 2,500 ride requests for volunteer transportation and 2,000 one-way volunteer driver rides. Of these, over 60% of individuals served were older adults, 40% of individuals reported a physical and/or mental disability, and 92% of rides were for medical reasons. Analysis indicates that the equivalent charitable donation to the community from volunteer driver hours and miles driven totaled over $350,000. Most recently, RTC worked to bring in six grants totaling over $500,000, tracked over 130 community partnership meetings, distributed $15,000 in gas card supplements, conducted 30 outreach activities, and supported multiple innovative pilot projects.