Transportation Area Agencies on Aging
Transportation is a critical component in the array of services provided by the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and their local partners in New York State. Many older adults utilize the transportation services offered by the aging network to enable them to gain access to needed services and maintain their dignity, independence, and ties to their communities.
Funding for transportation is provided through several sources, including federal III-B, state CSE, and other local tax revenues. This funding is used to support the provision of over 1.8 million rides to older New Yorkers. In SFY 2013-14, $1,130,850 was expended by the AAAs for this purpose which supported an additional 140,000 rides. The SFY 2014-15 budget appropriated $1,121,000 to support transportation for older adults. Transportation services, provided through a variety of local sites, allow older adults to participate in programs, get to medical appointments, go grocery shopping, pick up prescriptions and reach other vital destinations while remaining independent in their own homes.
NYSOFA is committed to a policy of coordinated transportation. Coordination is viewed as a means to expand transportation opportunities for constituents of all ages, and thus efforts at the state and local level to achieve coordination are encouraged. Efforts to implement coordination at the state level are led by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT engages several partner agencies, including NYSOFA, to further this mission.