Moderator: Rachel Heckl, Director of New Initiatives, Shared Mobility Inc.
Panelists: Sam Purington, Executive Director, Volunteer Transportation Center
Jon Martz, Vice President Government Relations/Sales, vRide
Patrick Rogers, Executive Director, Institute for Health Services
Christopher Titze, Regional Business Development Coordinator, Cambridge Systematics
Volunteer Transportation Organizations (VTOs) and similar community-based models provide a valuable and cost-effective service to clients – often elderly and/or disabled individuals – who have limited ability to access public transportation. These organizations are often grassroots in nature and value helping their home communities. However, some may also be willing to provide rides for Medicaid patients or take on other contract work, and expand their service areas in order to do so. VTOs vary dramatically in size, from around 50 clients to 12,000 clients; this suggests that the VTO model may be viable in communities of any size. Panelists will speak about how they see shared mobility technologies supplementing and enhancing their services and the role of innovation in volunteer transportation.