Mountain Ride Transportation Resource Center
For Ride information call 1-844 MTN-RIDE (1-844-686-7433) or visit our website www.MtnRide.org _______________________________________________________
The Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC) was formed in 2010 as a result of Rural Resort Region’s focus – Seniors in Our Mountain Communities: challenges and opportunities. This project collected data on the growing senior population in our region and identified the gaps in services. One of the priority gaps was transportation, not just within a particular county, but in the public transportation options available to travel across county boundaries to access healthcare facilities and other services. While the initial efforts focused primarily on seniors, it is widely known that what is good for seniors is good for everyone. The RTCC acknowledges the challenges faced by seniors are also faced by veterans, low income, and individuals with disabilities.
In 2012 the NWCCOG was awarded a 5310 Mobility Management grant and the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant (VTCLI) through the Colorado Department of Transportation. In July 2012 the Mobility Manager was hired to provide administrative support to the RTCC, and help in identifying key organizations and individuals with potential interest in participating in the RTCC. The Mobility Manager was tasked to develop the One Call/One Click Center, a regional billing mechanism for Non-Emergent Medicaid Transportation, conduct a regional transportation services inventory which included both human services agencies and transit providers, conduct a detailed gap analysis of the transit needs across the region, and to expand coordination of and access to transportation resources. The services inventory and gap analysis were completed in 2013.
After extensive research, in August 2014 the NWCCOG and RTCC went live with the Mountain Ride Transportation Resource (One Call/One Click) Center which boasts ease of access across the region both online and with toll free phone access. In the first six months of operation the Call Center has coordinated 1500 rides. As of January 1, 2015 Mountain Ride has become the acting broker for Non-Emergent Medicaid Transportation (NEMT) for the six county region of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, Routt and Summit Counties.
The Mountain Ride Transportation Resource Center has been firmly supported by our local communities. The Rural Resort Region, local transit agencies, and human services transportation providers contribute to the success of our programs with matching of grant funds, and their assistance with getting our community members where they need to go, when they need to go. NWCCOG staff continues to work on identifying the additional funding sources in an effort to maintain call center services, and build the program to be self-sustaining.