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City of Olathe Taxi Coupon Voucher Program Creation of Program – Now and Then Seniors verbalized need for affordable, dependable and safe transportation system at Council Meeting in 1977 City Council has funded program annually. Current investment from city $296,000 from General Funds

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creation of program now and then
Creation of Program – Now and Then
  • Seniors verbalized need for affordable, dependable and safe transportation system at Council Meeting in 1977
  • City Council has funded program annually.
  • Current investment from city
    • $296,000 from General Funds
    • Provides and maintains wheelchair vehicles
    • Staff to administer program.
demographics of olathe kansas
Demographics of Olathe, Kansas
  • Population 122,000
  • Median Income 61,000
    • 7,352 out of 32,275 have incomes under $35,000. 23% of households
  • Located 17 miles southwest of Kansas City Metro area
  • Fastest growing city in Kansas - 150 years young
  • Approximately 13% of citizens are frail elderly and disabled.
  • 11% of citizens are disabled.
  • No mass transit system in Olathe. Limited fixed route is available.
overview of olathe s program
Overview of Olathe’s Program
  • Three components of program
    • Work Trips – To reach place of employment or job preparation classes
    • Medical Trips – Doctors or picking up Rx
    • General Transportation Trips (i.e. Grocery Shopping)
  • Contract with local taxi company/ies to provide a door to door service. Reimburse them $12.00 for every voucher submitted for reimbursement.
  • City provides wheelchair accessible vehicles to contractor/s
participant guidelines
Participant Guidelines
  • $2.50 for a one-way trip
  • Rides within City of Olathe boundaries
  • General transportation is limited to 20 one-way trips per month
  • Number of Work and/or Medical trips are unlimited
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Work – Must have income under 80% of Median Income for area.
    • Seniors and Disabled – No income limits
characteristics of program participants
Characteristics of Program Participants
  • Mobility limited – Physical, illness or developmental disability
  • Financial – Unable to purchase and/or maintain a dependable vehicle
  • Self-Imposed Limitations – Choose not to own or drive vehicle (weather)
benefits to participants
Benefits to Participants
  • Obtain and maintain employment
  • Reduces reliance on family or friends
  • Improves quality of life
  • Keeps citizens from being homebound
  • Extension of living in an independent setting
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Recruitment of taxi companies
  • Marketing of service
  • Service employers not willing to adjust schedules of employees to adapt to transportation schedules.
  • Limits citizens from working or reaching training and/or medical appointments outside city boundaries
  • Not dependent on one source of funding
  • Utilize technology to reduce manual processing of vouchers
  • Coordination of services among transportation providers
  • Keep process simple for participants
  • Communication with developers and planners to ensure new construction addresses mobility issues for potential employees and customers
  • Meet the needs of our changing population
metro vs rural
Metro vs. Rural
  • Program could be reciprocated in rural area.
  • Utilize volunteers, not-for-profit agencies or churches as providers instead of taxi companies
  • Be creative when it comes to funding options. Look beyond federal (JARC and New Freedom), state and local govt. funds
  • Wheelchair vehicles could be purchased through federal grants
  • Involve your employers in the planning process
  • Coordination between cities and counties
  • Sliding fee scale depending on income and trip destination
questions
QUESTIONS

CONTACT:

KATHY RANKIN

CITY OF OLATHE

913-971-6260

KRANKIN@OLATHEKS.ORG

www.olatheks.org