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Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Senior Resource Association Honored with Awards

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Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Senior Resource Association Honored with Awards
Agencies recognized for exceptional transportation disadvantaged program and services
 
STUART, Fla (September 15, 2022) – The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged recently recognized the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as the 2022 Planning Agency of the Year. This award recognizes the planning agency that has gone beyond their scope to assist transportation disadvantaged citizens in their area. Martin MPO has included transportation disadvantaged planning in its local plans and worked closely with the Senior Resource Association, Martin County’s Community Transportation Coordinator, to overcome local transportation barriers and to advocate on behalf of the transportation disadvantaged population. 
 
The Senior Resource Association (SRA) was recognized as the 2022 Urban Community Transportation Coordinator, performing in an outstanding manner as part of the fully coordinated system for the transportation disadvantaged (TD) community. The SRA operates Martin Community Coach which is a door-to-door transportation system for TD-eligible riders. Eligibility is based on age (65 years or older), disability or income. Martin Community Coach accommodates riders who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, service animals and other mobility aides.
 
“The awards provide us with another avenue to share information about the important transportation services available in our community,” said Beth Beltran, MPO Administrator. In fiscal year 21-22, the Martin Community Coach provided 10,015 trips for TD-eligible riders in the area. However, due to funding, riders were limited to 3 round trips per week. With additional grant funding in place for fiscal year 22-23, Martin Community Coach can now provide unlimited trips for TD-eligible riders, enhancing quality of life and access to critical services.
 
The Transportation Disadvantaged Program is a coordinated state-wide effort which groups riders together for a shared ride service. Transportation services are available in all 67 Florida counties for those who are eligible and have no access to transportation. Federal, state and local agencies join together to provide necessary transportation to medical appointments, employment, educational and other life sustaining services.
 
To find out more information about Martin County’s TD program, visit www.martincommunitycoach.com, email martincc@sramail.org with your questions or call 772-469-2063.
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Martha Ann Kneiss | Office of Communications
Office: 772-463-2810 | Mobile: 772-214-2790 | mkneiss@martin.fl.us
 
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About the Martin County Board of County Commissioners
The five-member Board of County Commissioners is the legislative governing body of Martin County. Each Commissioner is elected to a four-year term by voters in the countywide area. Chapter 125.01 of the Florida Statutes establishes the specific duties and powers of the Board of County Commissioners. Exercising their legislative powers, the County Commission adopts ordinances (local laws) and resolutions to establish policies and programs to protect the health, safety and general welfare of Martin County residents. 
 
 
 
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This document may be reproduced upon request in an alternative format by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772) 320-3131, the County
Administration Office (772) 288-5400, Florida Relay 711, or by completing our accessibility feedback form at www.martin.fl.us/accessibility- feedback.
 
 
 
 

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