The Marin Transit Board of Directors recently approved the Marin Access Strategic Analysis and Recommendations at its August meeting. The study presents a comprehensive analysis of Marin Transit’s senior mobility programs, Marin Access, and recommends future improvements. The study’s findings address issues of limited resources and increasing needs, and will inform decisions on how Marin Transit might expand programs and introduce new offerings for a rapidly growing senior population.
Marin Transit staff collected and analyzed data on Marin Access riders, the performance of programs in the prior fiscal year (FY2014/15), and unique conditions in the county including travel demand, land use, and demographics. This analysis culminated in ten recommendations that identify next steps to improve transportation for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin County and will guide Marin Access programs over the next two to five years.
The study recommendations emphasize the need to provide a more seamless experience for current program users and to provide new travel options that leverage advances in technology and increased rates of internet and smart phone use. Marin County is aging 1.5 times faster than the rest of the state of California, and over 40 percent of Marin County residents will be over 65 by 2025. These demographic shifts call for new and innovative mobility solutions beyond the traditional paratransit program, volunteer driver, and subsidized taxi services Marin Access currently offers. The study’s findings and recommendations underscore the importance of developing programs that focus on serving both active, healthy seniors and those with a higher level of transportation needs.
“There are many exciting opportunities as we look to provide an innovative family of services to Marin’s older adults and people with disabilities,” said General Manager Nancy Whelan. “We are very grateful for the input and support of our partner agencies and stakeholders throughout the study, and look forward to working with the public on an implementation plan to advance the study’s recommendations.”
Stay tuned to this website for more information on Marin Access and opportunities to participate in the upcoming planning process.
Read the full report here: Marin Access Strategic Analysis and Recommendations 2016.
Marin Access Newsletter – 2nd Edition Marin Access has just our second newsletter. This publication is being mailed out to over 2,500 of our current riders. The newsletter includes helpful tips for riding fixed route, information on travel training and a host of other interesting information. The newsletter can be found here as well:
Marin Access Newsletter – May 2016 – English
Marin Access Newsletter – May 2016 – Spanish
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Marin Access has just developed our first rider newsletter. This publication is being mailed out to over 2,500 of our current riders. The newsletter includes helpful tips for riding paratransit and a host of other interesting information. The newsletter can be found here as well:
Marin Access Newsletter – December 2015 – English
Marin Access Newsletter – December 2015 – Spanish
Marin Access has also developed a survey designed to assist us in better understanding your needs. If you would like to take the survey it can be found here:
Marin Access Rider Survey – December 2015 – English
Marin Access Rider Survey – December 2015 – Spanish
Your feedback is very important and much appreciated
Marin Access was recently featured in a report conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as a case study in national best practices in mobility management. The full report can be found here.
Whistlestop’s CarePool program helps older adults get to medical appointments or go grocery shopping. CarePool offers FREE rides to Marin County residents 65 or older and for persons with disabilities. Call the Travel Navigators at 415-454-0902 to request a ride. Our volunteer drivers can offer extra support, such as walking you from your home to the car, as this program provides a unique “door-through-door” service.
CarePool’s success depends on people in the community. Volunteer drivers will accept rides through email, and only commit to rides that are convenient for their schedules. Funds are available to reimburse drivers for mileage. If you are interested in volunteering and have a clean driving record and insurance, please call Laurie at 415-456-9062 x 117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Providing a few trips a month can make all the difference to a person in need.
Recently Marin Transit published “Marin-In-Motion” a guide to transportation in Marin County. This guide contains information on all the different transit options in Marin. For a copy, stop by our office at 711 Grand Ave, Suite 100, San Rafael or click here.