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A recent survey of Washington County residents using social services reveals a mixed picture of the situation for transportation in the county. While many people are satisfied with and knowledgeable about their transportation assistance options, a larger group continues to struggle with the serious negative consequences brought about by a lack of transportation.

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One of the positive findings was that 25 percent of respondents report having no problems accessing transportation. At the same time, more than half of respondents reported being dependent on busy friends and family to give them rides to medical appointments, errands and social gatherings.

More than 17 percent of respondents report going without a medication because they couldn't get to a pharmacy, and more than 25 percent report missing a medical appointment because they lacked transportation. Further, more than a quarter (26.7 percent) missed an important social event because they didn't have a ride, and 34 percent reported feeling isolated or depressed due to a lack of transportation.

More than 500 people completed the survey during April and May of this year, providing their feedback on key obstacles and issues surrounding transportation. The survey was designed and conducted by the Transportation Networking Group (TNG), a collaborative of local government and social service agencies and community volunteers who are concerned about transportation issues in Washington County. The TNG provides opportunities for networking, support and information sharing for transportation coordinators who serve Washington County residents. The overarching goal of the group is to improve transportation services for residents of Washington County.

To obtain an electronic version of the transportation study, go to www.uwwce.org or www.volunteercvs.org/index.php?id=Transportation. For more information, contact Cathy Dyball at (651) 439-7434.

The Transportation Networking Group is sponsored by Community Volunteer Service and Senior Centers (CVS), a nonprofit human service agency connecting people and enriching lives in Washington County and Western Wisconsin since 1967. CVS programs include the Stillwater and Bayport Senior Centers, the Volunteer Center, Transportation, Neighborhood Service Exchange, Medical Reserve Corps and the Holiday Bureau.

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