INFORM & CONNECT: ADVANCED RESOURCES

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Wednesday November 1, 2017 | 9 am – 4 pm | FREE Workshop |

A free, daylong interactive training about information and resources specific to older adults 85+ and those who need more resources.

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This training is designed for help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line volunteers or staff who provide clients with information about programs and services available throughout the county for people who are 85 and older or need more advanced resources. Specialists on the following topics will share their knowledge, expertise and resources through short panel presentations and audience Q&A:

  • Vision
  • Senior Peer Counseling
  • Home Maintenance
  • Pets
  • Meals
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Care-Giving
  • Dementia
  • Aging-in-Place
  • Residential Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care

Attendees will make connections with professional colleagues, build professional expertise, and enhance their service to the community. CEUs available.

Who Should Attend

Front line volunteers and others who support the resource referral needs of people 85 and older and those that need more advanced resources.

REGISTER HERE

Registration problems? Call 415-492-9444

To view/download the flier, click here.


About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

INFORM & CONNECT: A Workshop for Front Line Information Assistance and Resource Referral Staff

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Thursday September 21, 2017 | 9 am – 4 pm | FREE Workshop |

A free, daylong interactive training designed to support those who help older adults access resource referral information.

This training is designed for help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line volunteers or staff specifically tasked to provide clients with information about programs and services available throughout the county. Specialists on the following topics will share their knowledge, expertise and resources through short panel presentations and audience Q&A.

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Financial Abuse
  • Attendant Care
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Staying Connected

Attendees will make connections with professional colleagues, build professional expertise, and enhance their service to the community.

Who Should Attend

Front line volunteers and staff who support the resource referral needs of older adults. Up to three people may register per agency or organization for the workshop.

7 Free CEUs provided courtesy of NASW-CA are offered for this workshop.

To register, click here or call 415-492-9444.

For a copy of the event flyer, click here.

About Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

Request for Proposal: Improving Mobility for Seniors in Marin County

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April 12, 2017 | The Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) seeks innovative proposals and ideas to explore new ways of improving mobility for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin County. The request for proposals comes from the Marin Access Mobility Innovation Incubator.

The 2017-2018 Marin Access Mobility Innovation Incubator’s call for proposals is open to all interested parties, including but not limited to: non-profits, community-based organizations, local government agencies, and private firms

Pre-Proposal Informational Workshop: Monday April 17, 2017

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a Pre-Proposal Informational Workshop on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Marin Transit offices (711 Grand Avenue, Suite 110, San Rafael). This workshop is not mandatory but highly encouraged for applicants who have questions about the application process and eligible projects.

Question Submission Deadline: Wednesday April 19, 2017 by 5:00pm

Questions should be directed to Erin McAuliff, Senior Transportation & Mobility Planner, by email at emcauliff@marintransit.org

Application Deadline: Friday April 28, 2017 by 5:00pm

The first step of the application process is to submit a Statement of Interest to tell us more about your idea, who it will benefit, and why it should be tested in Marin County.

Interviews: Wednesday, May 9, 2017

A panel of local partners and experts assembled by Marin Transit will review the submitted proposals and conduct a second round of in-person or phone interviews with promising applicants.


To learn more about the initiatives and priorities, click here.

To download the application materials, click here.

AAI SPOTLIGHT: Transportation

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April 3, 2017 | AAI interviewed member Robert Betts, Director of Planning Operations, Marin Transit. He talks about transit options for seniors in Marin, the importance of collaboration in his work, and how to achieve an age-friendly Marin.

r-betts-headshotWhat do you do for Marin Transit?

I’m Director of Planning for Operations for Marin Transit, the public transit agency for local transit services. It means I deal with fixed bus routes, supplemental transit routes, the Stagecoach in West Marin, and Marin Access. Marin Access provides a suite of transit services for seniors and those with disabilities who need extra help with their mobility needs.

How did you get into this kind of work?

I was first interested in engineering, which I studied at the University of Iowa. I went on to get a graduate degree in engineering and planning from Cal Poly. I worked a few years as a transit consultant on projects throughout the Bay Area, including the Community Based Transportation Plans for the Marin City and the Canal Neighborhood. Six years ago, I landed a job at Marin Transit as Planning Manager. In this position, I supervised one of the best in the field, Paul Branson, who was Marin Transit’s Mobility Manager, and who brought the innovative approaches and programs that we enjoy today in Marin.

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In what ways does your organization help our older adults?

Marin Transit offers a number of transportation options: fixed route, paratransit, and some specialized options.

Fixed Route is the traditional bus routes on a regular schedule. The Fixed Routes are open to everyone. Seniors (defined as someone over 60) receive a 50% discount on the standard fare, and they have priority seating at the front of the bus. All of Marin Transit vehicles are wheelchair accessible, and have low-floor sidewalk-level boarding for easy access.

Paratransit service is for seniors who live ¾ mile from a bus stop and aren’t able to walk to the bus stop. This a door-to-door service that requires a reservation ahead of time. It costs only $2.

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Marin Access is a program that offers information and additional transportation options for seniors. Seniors who want same-day service can sign up for our taxi Catch-a-Ride program. Typically, a senior can make a reservation with just two hours advance notice. Participants can get up to eight one-way rides a month, with Marin Transit paying the first $14 of the fare. In many parts of the county, seniors can participate in a Volunteer Driver Program, either as a rider or as a driver. In these programs, Marin Transit reimburses drives to help cover the cost of gas.

Travel Navigators (415-454-0902) are a one-stop resource for program information and eligibility for all the Marin Access programs. It’s easy for Seniors to sign up for our programs. They simply contact one of our Travel Navigators (who speak English, Spanish and Vietnamese). People often ask, “How do I know what’s the best transit option for me?” The Travel Navigator resource center helps people figure that out and sign up.

In conversations with Marin seniors I hear, “I want to be active. I want to go to lunch with friends, and to go see family. I’d like the option to get around without having to drive.” Many look at seniors as people with walkers. This is not the case. People are healthier and more active today. I enjoy this work because I’m helping people get around by taking away their mobility challenges.

What are some innovations we can look forward to regarding mobility for older Marin residents?

The good news is that there are changes coming to make it easier for older residents to stay active and connected in their communities.

Marin Transit just completed Marin Access: Strategic Analysis and Recommendations (August 2016). We are following up with online tools for residents and out-of-county family members to marin-transit-senior-fair-2016more easily learn about Marin Transit services. Later this year, we’re adding online software so people can schedule paratransit and Marin Access programs without needing to make a phone call to reserve a ride. We are implementing a one-call/one-click service for quicker information.

Starting this spring, we are “tabling” at senior centers throughout Marin. Tabling is something like satellite office hours. The idea is to use existing senior events within the community to have conversations about transportation options. With “table time”, seniors can speak with a Marin Transit representative and get answers to transportation-related questions. We started this in response to taking a more proactive approach to communicating with seniors and having dialogue before the need arises so people are aware of their options.

I am also working to bring same-day service for paratransit riders. We just received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to kick-off a three-year program to provide same-day service. I am in conversation with LYFT and other “shared ride” services about a potential chariot-for-service program. We are excited about the potential of adding this option for seniors.

Tell us about Marin Transit’s involvement with Aging Action Initiative:

Paul Branson was the first person at Marin Transit to be part of the Aging Action Initiative. He had already developed a strong relationship with County Health and Human Services, and with West Marin Senior Services. He believed in the initial concept of the initiative – there is ‘no wrong door’ to get needed services.

Jon Gaffney, who is now with Golden Gate Transit, was working for me last year when he was a speaker last year at AAI’s Inform & Connect Workshops, explaining Marin Transit resources for seniors.

This year, I was invited to join the Steering Committee for the Aging Action Initiative. I’m looking forward to my first meeting in April.

How has collaboration helped you do your work? Specifically, your relationships and partnerships in the AAI network?

We rely on collaborations to be successful.

We collaborate with groups such as Whistlestop, CARSS in the Sausalito Village, senior centers sausalito-carss-programthroughout Marin, and Marin Villages. For example, we share our expertise to help with training volunteer drivers, and we have a resource center with training materials and programs, and software to manage the Volunteer Drive Programs.

Marin Transit also has a long-standing and great partnership with West Marin Senior Services. We support their work, and they help us by sharing information about our transit services in West Marin. They are our eyes and ears in West Marin, letting us know about the needs of residents. Because of our partnership, we started a pilot shuttle service from Pt. Reyes to Novato.

We work with our all of our partners to make sure transportation for the rider is the best it can be.

What is your vision of an age-friendly Marin?

Many seniors are reaching a point in their lives when they may not feel comfortable driving and that could either lead to either unsafe driving behavior or turn into isolation if they choose to hang up the keys. I would say my vision for an age friendly Marin is one where residents can live independently throughout their life and not have to rely on driving themselves for mobility.


Marin Transit Marin County Transit District (Marin Transit) was formed by a vote of the people of Marin County in 1964 and was given the responsibility for providing local transit service within Marin County. Marin Transit contracts with other providers, including Golden Gate Transit, Marin Airporter, MV Transportation and Whistlestop Transportation, for local bus and paratransit services. Marin Transit pays for services using Measure A Funds, State Transportation Development Act Funds, fares, property taxes and Federal Section 5311 rural transit funds. For more information visit marintransit.org.

Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commission and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment. For more information visit agingactioninitiative.org or connect with us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Transit Plans for Marin Seniors Needs Your Input

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July 18, 2016 | Voters in Marin County have made it clear that supporting senior mobility is a priority. Dedicated local funding for this purpose has been approved through ballot measures, Measure A and Measure B. These funds are entrusted to Marin Transit, the provider and a central coordinator for public transportation within Marin County.

The Transit District subsequently assumed a major role to meet the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities

In 2015, Marin Transit initiated an internal assessment of its programs serving seniors and people with disabilities. These programs fall under the umbrella of “Marin Access” and include Marin Access paratransit; volunteer driver programs STAR, TRIP and Carepool; and Catch-A-Ride, our taxi subsidy program. The purpose of this study was to learn more about our riders, how they are utilizing our services, what aspects of our programs are working for our riders, how the services are performing, and what changes in policy or programs will improve mobility management in Marin County.

This is your chance to impact transit plans for Marin seniors

The draft report is the result of this work and presents ten key recommendations for the future of Marin Access programs and transit plans for Marin seniors. Marin Transit invites stakeholders and community partners to submit written or verbal comments and feedback on the report before they ask the Board of Directors to adopt a final draft on Monday August 15, 2016.

Provide comments by one of the following:

1. Attend

Marin Mobility Consortium

Tuesday August 2, 2016

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Northgate Mall Community Room

5800 Northgate Mall

San Rafael, CA

2. Email

Erin McAuliff at  emcauliff@marintransit.org by Friday August 5, 2016.

 

Final adoption of the plan is anticipated at the August Board meeting:

Marin County Transit District Board Meeting

Monday August 15, 2016

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 330

3501 Civic Center Drive

San Rafael, CA