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3 Montgomery Council Committees to Discuss Transportation Needs for Seniors and People With Disabilities At 1:30 p.m. TODAY, Friday, April 11
 
  • Release ID: 14-109
  • Release Date: 4/16/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee, its Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee and its Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T and E) Committee will hold a rare triple joint committee meeting at 1:30 p.m. TODAY, Friday, April 11, on actions that have taken place over the past year to improve the County’s transportation system for seniors and people with disabilities.

The joint committee meeting will take place in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at:

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/ondemand/index.html

As a part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget, the Council approved several items to improve the senior transportation system. They included adding a fulltime Mobility Management Administrator to "develop a countywide Mobility Management System (MMS) that can leverage other resources and coordinate them to meet the transportation needs of low and middle-income older adults in Montgomery County . . . development of a strategic marketing communications plan to publicize transportation programs to seniors which will leverage existing county resources for implementation."

At the worksession, the joint committee will have an opportunity to meet the County's Mobility Management Administrator, Shawn Brennan, who will provide an overview presentation.

The Council also sought to provide full-year funding for the Escorted Transportation Pilot Project. Funding is provided to the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington to provide a "Smooth Ride" escorted transportation pilot program. An escorted trip provides the person with assistance in and out of the car and into the appointment. Often this kind of transportation is used to help seniors to medical appointments. This is different from the Connect-a-Ride program that is funded in the Department of Transportation.

The worksession also will examine the “Getting Around the County” report, its goals and its recommendations.

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