Community Concepts Transportation Program Supports State Funding Bill

Community Concepts’ Transportation Program, recently recognized for its achievements in providing new and innovative rural transport options, extends its support for LD 1248, a measure to provide long term funding to volunteer driver networks.

LD 1248 provides funding to support and expand local volunteer driver networks. The bill is timely, as the provision of funding for volunteer driver networks is needed now more than ever, according to Community Concepts CEO Shawn Yardley.

“One in 11 households in Western Maine does not own a car, and current transportation programs are meeting only a fraction of the need that is out there,” Yardley said. “Funding such as that provided through LD 1248 is absolutely necessary, especially as we know that transportation services in rural areas will need to grow to keep up with the needs of an aging population.”

WGME 13 covered the story on May 3, 2017:

Community Concepts’ Transportation Program provides between 600 and 1,000 rides every week day throughout Southern, Coastal and Western Maine. All our rides are performed by trained volunteers who receive reimbursement for mileage.

WCSH 6 covered the story on May 2, 2017:

Our transportation programs keep expanding and innovating. We launched a program in fall 2016 to provide seniors over 60 in the Bethel area with free rides for medical and non-medical needs in cooperation with the Bethel Area Age-friendly Community Initiative.

The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments recognized the program’s innovation and importance with its Transportation Achievement Award on April 5. The Bethel program also served as part of the inspiration for the LD 1248 funding bill.

“We applaud the efforts to provide long term funding to volunteer driver networks like ours, which are always in search of funding to ensure uninterrupted service,” Director of Transportation Brad Edwards said.