Supervisors Order Transit Demand Study for Seniors, Disabled

County supervisors have authorized $70,000 to study the transportation and transit needs of elderly and disabled Loudouners.

Currently, Loudoun County provides transportation to bus stops within three-quarters of a mile of any fixed bus route in Loudoun, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The county also supports on-demand paratransit services provided by Virginia Regional Transit outside of those areas. The Area Agency on Aging provides bus service to and from the senior centers in the county.

But according to County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large)’s office, on average, 27 requests for on-demand trips are denied each month.

Consulting firm Michael Baker International will look for unmet transportation and transit needs in the county, at future population and demand trends, gap and overlaps in the different transit services in the county, and will provide a financial overview of the county’s services now and into the future.

The firm will charge $56,608, and the county will hold another $13,392 in reserve for unexpected expenses.

The study could be completed as early as January and back before the Board of Supervisors in March.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

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