At Rural Health Network, we want to maximize the options available to the residents in all the counties we serve, which involves coordinating multiple transportation services, providing transportation vouchers, and filling service gaps with our own transportation programs.
One of the main barriers to reducing the physical isolation of rural communities is transportation. Having access to consistent, reliable, and safe transportation is a primary barrier to the accessibility of healthcare, nutritious food, and other essential services. The most common destination for transportation through Getthere is to medical appointments, since the majority of healthcare offices are concentrated in the urban core or village centers.
Lack of transportation or insufficient public transportation can also present issues to obtaining and retaining employment, especially for those who work nontraditional hours at night or on the weekend. For many people in SCNY, especially those in rural communities, car ownership is either cost prohibitive, or places a significant burden on the household’s ability to meet other essential needs. Getthere recently launched a Transportation to Employment Program (TEP), which targets low income residents who have identified transportation as a barrier to employment.