May 22, 2009

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Mobility Matters: Paratransit Services

One in fifty Americans in paralyzed. In Steuben County, 20.8% (over 19,000) of the population is disabled and there is no on-demand para-ransit. Public transportation is minimal. There is also no grocery delivery in the area, described as "micropolitan."

This project would procure a paratransit taxi and make transportation, mobility and access available to the mobility-challenged and wheelchair users in this area. The link between poverty and disability is widely recognized, yet without transportation, there is no way the mobility-challenged can get to work, shop, or fully participate in the community. ParaTransit Services would remedy this inequity.

If funded the next steps would be:
Secure 501c3 status
Get an accountant
Get an attorney
Short term Lease of a Parataxi
Hire a Driver
Hire a part time dispatcher

May 7, 2009

Corning ParaTransit Services

Mission Statement

Corning ParaTransit Services will provide affordable, origin-to-destination, on-demand, lift-equipped transportation to disabled and mobility-challenged Corning-area residents, 18 hours a day, seven days a week, 360 days a year throughout the Corning-Elmira area and ultimately Steuben County.

Corning ParaTransit will enable the mobility-challenged, to work, shop, and attend events by offering extended hour (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) origin to destination public transportation to convey this population in the Corning area.
Empowerment through Access. Empowerment through Transportation.


There is no para-transit service in the Corning-Elmira area.
20.8%, or an estimate 19,038 people in Steuben county have a disability.
The employment rate for people with a disability age 21 to 64 is 47.7% in contrast with those without a disability which is 80.5%. The lack of transportation affects the ability to work.
The latest surveys (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation) estimate that 1 in 50 Americans is paralyzed… that’s 1,960 people in Steuben County as a potential audience.