The Transportation Works: Assess and Deliver team is traveling across Texas to collect data about access to public transportation for people with disabilities living in rural and small urban areas. Our goals are to: Solicit transportation consumer experiences through public hearings and surveys Identify the access barriers and unmet needs for consumers, notably people with disabilities and seniors, who use public transportation to get to school or work Build an understanding of the current state of transportation infrastructure and services in Texas These data and stories will be included in a comprehensive transportation needs report, which will be presented at the Transportation Works: Assess and Deliver 2015 Summit and used to shape transportation accessibility and reliability for individuals with disabilities across Texas. Your participation is vital to the success of this program. Please help us by taking our anonymous transportation consumer survey. TAKE THE SURVEY AND ENTER TO WIN $500! https://surveymonkey.com/s/TxSILC_TransportSurvey *Drawing to be held on Monday March 16, 2015. Winner will be notified via email. About the Project: Transportation Works: Assess and Deliver is a continuation and expansion of the 2-year pilot Transportation Works project. Its scope has been expanded to explore the gaps in public transit service to rural and small urban areas in Texas in order to address any transportation mobility and accessibility issues that may exist for individuals with disabilities and senior populations. Although transportation systems have become increasingly accessible, many of these individuals have yet to fully benefit from the options available to most public transportation consumers. The Transportation Works: Assess and Deliver project is a TxDOT-funded comprehensive study of the current state of accessible transportation for this consumer group. The primary goal of this project is to develop a statewide overview of accessible transportation options for people with disabilities living in rural and small urban areas, with a focus on how consumers use public transportation for school- and employment-related purposes. The Transportation Works consumer survey is being distributed alongside public hearing events held at Centers for Independent Living and other relevant agencies across the state. Data collected from these initiatives will be compiled along with historical trends and recommendations into a final needs assessment report, which will be presented to stakeholders at the 2015 Transportation Works Summit in August 2015. For more information regarding this initiative, and to view upcoming public hearing and outreach events, please visit transportationworks.txsilc.org. About the Texas State Independent Living Council: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC), founded in 1989, is mandated by federal law and operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the SILC is to assist in the development of the State Plan for Independent Living, a detailed three-year plan that sets the parameters and establishes the goals for the provision of Independent Living services in Texas with other state agencies. Other roles of the SILC are systems advocacy, education of the public regarding disabilityrelated topics, and provision of technical assistance concerning the Independent Living philosophy and approach. For more information, please visit txsilc.org.
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