Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir says Barnstable County ranks eleventh in the country in terms of median age for seniors. With that in mind, the CCRTA partnered with the Cape’s various Councils on Aging in an effort to make transportation for seniors as accessible as possible.
As a result of the year-long collaboration, the CCRTA, Tuesday, announced several new senior transportation initiatives.
Cahir, said the initiatives include “Free Fare Wednesdays” which will begin June 28 and continue through the remainder of the year.
The CCRTA will also share $40,000 with the COAs; the money derived from transportation data the Authority and the Councils submit to a federal program.
The CCRTA will also provide Senior Friendly Accessible Vans, obtained through state and federal grants, to their COA partners at no cost.
He added that the strong relationship the Transit Authority has with the COAs will only get stronger:
Cahir says last year, the CCRTA accounted for 1.4 million trips for the Cape’s 220,000 year-round residents which balloons to more than 600,000 during the summer season.