Building partnerships to increase the efficiency and accessibility of transit in Southwestern Wisconsin!
Ten percent of Southwestern Wisconsin residents do not have access to personal vehicles, a significant problem for a region with a disproportionately high elderly population. Flexible, non-traditional transit is essential for providing healthcare and supporting self-sufficient lifestyles. The Southwest Transportation Collaborative Program will work to improve service availability and quality to meet this need.
The Southwest Transportation Collaborative Program will improve transit service efficiency and availability in Southwestern Wisconsin by using technology to build a regional unified and coordinated transit network composed of existing transit providers. Through this program, transit providers will have an opportunity to put data terminals, such as a smartphone, into their vehicles. These terminals will be able to read a magnetic swipe card that riders and social service agencies will be able to purchase. This will be coordinated through a one-call dispatching system to decrease inefficiencies and redundancies in routing. This system will allow a rider to call in, request a ride, and pay for that ride using one transit card.
The Southwest Transportation Collaborative is currently a pilot project with funding available through 2013 with the goal of ensuring long-term financial sustainability. In 2013, an initial 5 providers will be selected by the Southwest Transportation Collaborative Board to participate in the pilot phase of the program. Click here for an informational sheet for transit providers.
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