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... 17 Characteristics of Successful Travel Training Programs The Attributes of Successful Programs Key characteristics of successful travel training programs for older adults include at least the following elements: • Success means demonstrating that older adults who have completed travel training programs have already experi­ enced (or are quite likely to experience) measurable mobil­ ity improvements.
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... 18 people, not just to "get them off paratransit." Travel training can benefit transit agencies by increasing the use of public tran­ sit and contributing to a mobility options philosophy (pro­ viding people with more options)
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... 19 Understanding the local culture of senior citizens (a highlight of the Cambridge, Maryland, program) is vital, as is a com­ plete and thorough inventory of local transportation services.
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... 20 independent travelers and advocates who have shared in the RideWise experience. This book, whose development was paid for by TriMet, includes first­person accounts of what it means to travel independently and to move about the com­ munity with purpose and without harm.
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... 21 service, RTA provides a monthly pass on a continuing basis for those who complete travel training and use fixed route service for their travel. For older adults not eligible for ADA paratransit service, RTA introduces travel training in a group session and selects one senior from a group to be the travel training advocate to encourage other seniors in the group to travel.
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... 22 • The RTA in Chicago believes that the following factors seem to be important: all but one of the travel trainers come from a social services background -- the other trainer comes from a rehabilitation background; the RTA Board is supportive; the one­on­one training is very intensive; and the work is done in­house with RTA employees, which makes management of the program easier for them. • The NJTIP program is successful, in part, because it dem­ onstrated that an existing program from The Kennedy Center, Inc.

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