Feonix-Mobility Rising pilot program for seniors in rural counties, TX, 2019
5 minutes Date Launched: Jan 1, 2019 Dates given are approximate.
Source: Feonix; map of Texas counties served in pilot program
Feonix-Mobility Rising, a non-profit focusing on improving mobility options for under-served and vulnerable populations, is working with the Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living and the Area Agency on Aging to provide mobility options to the elderly and those with disabilities in coastal Texas. The Coastal Bend region includes two blighted urban counties and nine very rural counties, and the need for additional mobility services in the area had been documented by a regional transportation plan.
The program received a grant from the US National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, and with it, Feonix helped launch an on-demand volunteer driver program for seniors and people with disabilities providing service throughout Coastal Bend. Feonix also coordinated with the Coastal Plains Community Center to use the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) software they developed for a smaller pilot providing rides to a medical clinic; that pilot concluded after the grant period expired, but it served 30 unique individuals prior to its conclusion.
Feonix also received a grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to develop technology and a training module for transit providers to improve customer service for the visually- and hearing-impaired in Ann Arbor, MI.