Udall Requests Increased Support For Senior Transportation
(Westminster, CO) In a letter to conferees working on the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century/(TEA-21), Congressman Mark Udall (D- Eldorado Springs) has requested more flexibility and funding to meet the needs of the nation's growing senior population.
"The senior citizens in my district have let me know loud and clear that they place a very high priority on their independence," said Udall. "As their representative, I take seriously my duty to find ways to support that independence. Providing older adults with accessible and affordable transportation options is an important way to do that. Not only is it cost-effective to give seniors the tools they need to live independently for as long as possible, it is the right thing to do."
Finding necessary transportation is difficult for most elderly, particularly for those who live in either suburban or rural communities whose destinations are too far to walk, public transit is non-existent or poor, and private transportation, if available, is limited and often prohibitively expensive.
"The Reauthorization of TEA -21, the major 5-year transportation legislation, provides an opportunity for Congress to improve transportation services for our senior citizens who most depend on it."
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