UTA, in conjunction with the Davis County Health Department, Weber Human Services and Roads To Independence officially launched a new pilot Volunteer Driver Program in Davis and Weber counties. The program was introduced at a special luncheon at the North Davis Senior Center in Clearfield, where event participants learned more about the pilot from UTA and Davis and Weber county representatives including Roy City Mayor Willard Cragun.
The Volunteer Driver Program is an innovative program designed to provide a unique mobility option to people who need it most. The primary goal of the program is to improve quality of life by assisting eligible seniors and persons with disabilities find modes of transportation. The Volunteer Driver Program allows eligible participants to arrange rides with a driver of their choice. That driver can be either a friend or family member, and the driver can be reimbursed for the mileage cost of the trip. The program provides flexibility for people to schedule transportation in a way that best meets their individual needs.
“For a number of reasons, including neighborhood layout, road conditions, or population density factors, transit can’t serve every location. However, this program helps extend the transit system by providing access to locations not easily served by UTA. We enjoy great collaboration with the local communities in Davis and Weber counties, and we’re grateful for all of their support with this project,” said Eddy Cumins, regional general manager of UTA’s Ogden Business Unit.
For more information on this program and to learn more about eligibility requirements, log on to utahridelink.org or contact the following organizations:
Davis County Senior Services – (801) 525-5061
Weber-Morgan Area Agency on Aging – (801) 625-3770
Roads To Independence – (801) 612-3215
UTA Coordinated Mobility Department – (801) 287-5333
Funding sources for the Volunteer Driver Program pilot include Proposition 1, a grant from the Federal Transit Administration and for Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities and partner contributions.