Transportation Study for On-demand Transportation for People with Disabilities in the Valley
The Kennedy Center has been awarded funding by the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities to study the potential for on demand transportation service(s) for people with disabilities in the Valley Region of CT (towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton).
This study will be examining ways to build on the existing services, improve coordination and expand transportation options in the Valley.
Currently, we have completed a stakeholder visioning workshop to understand the desired directions for the new service. We are currently examining the existing transportation conditions in the Valley. Feedback from the upcoming public meetings will help to further identify the priorities for the planned service.
Public meetings and presentation boards
We held three public meetings on June 9 and 10 to provide an opportunity to meet with members of our study team in person to discuss transportation for people with disabilities in the Valley.
The public meeting focused on identifying:
- how, where, and when you travel
- current barriers and priorities for improved transportation
- which places and destinations require better transportation connections
The presentation boards for the public meeting boards, which will help guide our discussions during the meeting, are available for your review and comment.
Existing services review
- Current and future demographic context
- Current and planned transit services
- Strengths and weaknesses of the existing services
- Opportunities for improvements related to on-demand transportation
Preliminary improvement options
Based on our understanding of the key issues for transportation for people with disabilities in the Valley, five potential improvement options were identified:
- Expand transit district service hours
- Introduce zone bus services
- Expand the availability of accessible taxis and enhance driver training
- Enhance existing volunteer driver network
- Expand centralized travel information and support