Southern Windsor County is a rural region which primarily depends on personal vehicles for transportation. Not everyone in the region has access to a personal vehicle. This can happen for many reasons, including that they choose not to own one, they do not have enough money to keep a car running, do not have a driver’s license, or do not feel comfortable to drive after dark or during poor weather. This project focuses on how to get from point A to point B without your own motorized vehicle.
Goals and Action Items
The primary goal of this project is to further explore how human service transportation coordination occurs in the Southern Windsor County Region, including a few neighboring towns.
The following are the action items for meeting this goal within the scope of this project:
- SWCRPC make contact with a variety of stakeholders across the Study Area;
- Holding a meeting where stakeholders can put faces to names;
- Gather stakeholders to identify existing services, challenges and opportunities;
- Summarize available resources;
- Develop a report to summarize findings, includes maps and diagrams of available resources;
- Create an online interactive map of service areas; and
- Establish a schedule for updating the information annually
Which towns are included in the study?
The area covered by this project includes (all towns in Vermont unless otherwise specified):
- Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission towns – Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Reading, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Windsor
- Towns within the primary catchment areas of Springfield Medical Care System (SMCS) and Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) – which includes Bridgewater, Grafton, Hartland, Rockingham/ Bellows Falls, Plymouth, Quechee (part of Hartford), Windham, Woodstock, Charlestown NH, Claremont NH, Cornish NH, and Plainfield NH.
What is the project timeline?
- Project started Spring 2015
- August/ September 2016 – Preliminary services outline released to stakeholders
- October 2016 – Meetings with stakeholders
- February 2017 – Draft report and services outline emailed to stakeholders and available upon request from Katharine
- March 2017 – Final report and services outline published on website
Documents are posted below (click on the document name) and will be updated as needed:
- Final report, except Appendix A and B (Last revised March 2017)
- Appendix A – Table of Transportation Services (Last revised 3/13/2017)
- Appendix B – Additional Information about Transportation Services to accompany Appendix A Table (Last revised 3/13/2017)
- Interactive map of service areas (Last revised March 2017)
- Powerpoint overview of project (Last revised March 2017)
- Final report press release (April 2017)
How can I get project updates?
We have an email list specifically for this project – compiled using a wide variety of local partnerships/ networks relevant to the project. If you would like to be added to the email list, please email Katharine Otto – firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Funding and Main Partners
This project is being coordinated by Katharine Otto from SWCRPC. Other key partners in the project have included Anila Hood (Senior Solutions), Maureen Shattuck (Springfield Medical Care Systems), and Jill Lord (Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center).
This project is funded through the Vermont Transportation Planning (TPI) Initiative and Springfield Medical Care Systems Community Health Team.