Transportation in Dufferin County: Stakeholder Perspectives

Dufferin 2013 Transportation Stakeholders Report

Dufferin 2013 Transportation Stakeholders Report

A wide range of Dufferin-Area service providers in health care, social services, justice, employment and education from across the County were recently interviewed by the Dufferin Transportation Learning Group to help create a better understanding of transportation needs for citizens in Dufferin County.  Below are some of the highlights taken from these interviews:

  • A range of  transportation options are currently available to different groups and at different costs throughout the County.
  • It would be helpful for all service providers and citizens tobe able to access  a list of these current services that is regularly updated and available to all.
  • Certain sectors of the population are most affected by transportation barriers.  These  include:
    • Seniors, particularly those living with chronic health issues and limited family supports
    • Youth, primarily related to after-school activities such as medical/social service appointments, employment, and recreation
    • People with Low Incomes or Living in Poverty – particularly those in rural areas
    • People living with a physical or developmental handicap
  • Limited transportation created challenges for participating in programs and services and also posed barriers in engaging in other aspects of life, such as: Attending medical or legal appointments
    • Travelling to places of employment
    • Shopping for groceries, or utilizing the food bank
    • Searching for housing
    • Engaging in educational, recreational and volunteer activities
  • Many Dufferin organizations address transportation issues in some way (volunteers, funding client transportation etc.) and this financial investment is often significant (ranging from $60,000 to $260,000 per year). This can draw resources away from programs and services.
  • Barriers to using existing transportation include:
    • Prohibitive cost of transit passes;
    • Limited routes and/or hours of service
    • No transit service outside of Orangeville
    • Limited GO Bus service
    • Parking fees for those with multiple medical appointments
    • Public transit not an option for individuals with some health conditions
  • Other “costs” due to a lack of transportation options include:
    •  Preventable health care costs due to difficulty accessing needed health management services;
    • Costly inefficiencies for many service organizations
    • A barrier to employment
    • Limits to growth for local businesses

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