Recommendations included hiring a full-time mobility manager to help people with transportation issues; establishing a late-night employment transportation pilot program; creating a countywide paratransit system; and working with private companies such as Uber and Lyft to create a subsidy program for rides for people in need.
Public and representatives of different agencies and governmental bodies in the county met at one of four meetings hosted by the Lake County Division of Transportation. There they offered opinions and viewed the results of a year-long study on paratransit issues in Lake County, which included suggestions such as creating a countywide system and working with new stakeholders.
For more than a year, various county stakeholders have been studying the flexible transportation needs of seniors, disabled persons and, in some cases, the general public. Residents and stakeholders were invited to review the study’s results, as well as options to improve the system, and offer input at various meetings scheduled this week in Barrington, Round Lake Beach, Gurnee and Highland Park.
Paratransit services are geared toward individuals with mobility limitations that prevent them from accessing scheduled bus service, and/or live outside of an area served by scheduled bus services.
Government services available now offer curb-to-curb dial-a ride transportation via Pace buses, and nonprofit organizations also offer transportation for seniors and those with disabilities. For some services, reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance, and a nominal fee is charged. Fixed routes for pickup are also spread throughout the county, and a schedule is posted online.
But as Linda Soto, executive director of the Lake County Transportation Alliance, said at the Round Lake Beach meeting, “There are transportation issues galore,” and the county’s study and public meetings can lead to solutions.
“Production is an important issue,” Grant said. “We need to tie up loose ends. This effort by the county can help identify those areas.”
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