July 21, 2017

Fulton seeks Uber, Lyft, MARTA among options for senior transportation

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With a wait list for senior transportation that was twice as long as the number of people being served, Fulton County was crushed under the weight of residents’ needs.

It doesn’t have the money for new services. Instead, it’s looking to direct users elsewhere — and to cull the list.

Wednesday, commissioners agreed to raise the age of residents who can request rides to doctors or grocery stores to 60, from 55. They also signed off on a new system to screen potential riders, in the hopes that only the neediest ones will rely on county services.

“There are better ways they can be served,” Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson said.

The wait list, which had reached more than 1,800 people, has been frozen for two years, said Kenn Vanhoose, division manager in the Fulton County Office of Aging. The county provided rides to 944 users in the first four months of 2017.

County employees have been calling people […]

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