Kyle Gamroth, a member of the New Casper City Council, believes a voucher program to assist community members with disabilities with transportation options is something Casper should consider.
According to a survey conducted by Casper’s Council of People with Disabilities, 64% of respondents do not think they have adequate transportation options in the community. Eighty-four percent said that the lack of transportation options makes it challenging to get to medical appointments.
Other results from the survey include:
- 75% of respondents said that limited weekend transportation was their biggest challenge.
- 50% said lack of transportation options limits their ability to attend community events, shop, and access food.
- 69% of those who responded said they rely on friends or family for transportation.
- 62% said helping service providers organize and support transportation would improve transportation.
- 79% claimed a centralized way to contact various transportation options would help improve transportation overall.
In addition to implementing a voucher program with rideshare companies operating in the area, Casper’s Council of People with Disabilities is also looking to facilitate discussion between medical service providers and rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft in an effort to expand transportation options for disabled members of the community. In addition to that, Casper’s City Council wants to determine if Uber and Lyft have enough vehicles and drivers equipped to meet people’s transportation needs with wheelchairs or other transportation challenges.
To support these initiatives, Casper’s Council of People with Disabilities has identified at least two grant funding sources that could help support transportation, including the Daniel’s Fund and the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
In addition to searching for funding options, Casper is also looking to further identify viable ways to improve transportation solutions for the disabled community. Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Supervisor Jeremy Yates is working towards establishing a five-year transit plan to achieve this.
While increasing transportation options for those with disabilities is a definite positive, those with disabilities may not know where to turn in the event their rideshare driver gets into an accident. It can also be challenging to prove injuries from a crash with preexisting conditions.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Uber or Lyft wreck, the lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can help. An attorney can explain your legal rights and options and ensure proper actions are taken to protect your future.