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Purpose

The purpose of CET’s Travel Training Program is to educate seniors, students, and those who experience developmental and intellectual disabilities how to use the Bend fixed-route transit system to improve their independence and mobility.

Travel Training ServicesCET ADA Lift

  • Group presentations
  • Trip-planning assistance
  • Transit trip facilitation
  • Workshops and events
  • On-the-bus training
  • Promoting fixed-route transit service to Bend Dial-A-Ride customers

Travel Training Curriculum

  • Understand trip planning software
  • Locate bus stops
  • Calculate and pay fares
  • Recognize when the desired stop has been reached
  • Obtain service updates
  • Tell if a vehicle is equipped for mobility devices
  • Read route maps and schedules
  • Obtain and use transit passes
  • Indicate to the bus driver to stop
  • Use mobility devices safely on vehicles

Recent Highlights

The following activities were offered as part of CET’s travel training program.

Student Engagement
    • In cooperation with Commute Options, CET has led transit safety/travel training events with elementary school students at Bear Creek Elementary School (May 2019) and Elk Meadow Elementary School (November 2018), in addition to teaching students how to put their bikes on the bus.
    • OSU-Cascades student engagement events to promote fixed-route transit and E-fare (March 2019, January 2019, October 2018).
    • CET staff partnered with a Girl Scout troop to lead a shopping trip by bus to the Old Mill District (November 2018).
    • Redmond Hub tabling event for 10-year anniversary with Redmond Proficiency Academy (October 2018).
Seniors
    • Currently, CET is re-developing the online “Rider’s Guide for Bend Dial-A-Ride Service” resource to include a more in-depth fixed-route focused comprehensive guide.
    • Staff developed informational materials to educate older adults how to use fixed-route service through “Transit 101” handout (November 2018)
    • CET led a workshop with Council On Aging staff to provide bus service information to increase access and mobility for older adults (October 2018).
People with Disabilities
    • Veteran’s Expo (June 2019) in Madras to promote Community Connector and Dial-A-Ride service to veterans and their families.
    • Disability for a Day (June 2019) in Madras to demonstrate the daily challenges faced by those who experience disabilities. CET staff provided a bus to provide a hands-on experience boarding a bus with an ADA lift.
    • Through the Travel Training Pilot Project (2017 – 2019), CET collaborated with Abilitree staff to provide travel training for those who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities.
    • CET met with a Peer-to-Peer disabilities advocacy group in Redmond to discuss E-fare, Dial-A-Ride services, and opportunities to participate in the Transit Master Plan public engagement process (November 2018).
    • CET actively attends and participates in Central Oregon Coalition for Access (COCA) meetings to understand ADA challenges and continuous improve public transportation access.
    • CET’s discounted fare offering provides easier access to public transportation services for seniors and those with disabilities.
    • Through 508 Compliance, CET’s website content is accessible for those with visual challenges.

 

Are You Interested in Travel Training?

For more information about CET’s travel training program contact Ashley Hooper, CET’s Community Outreach Specialist (541) 699-4096, ahooper@coic.org or Cascades East Transit Ride Center (541) 385-8680.

 

Children waiting at a bus stop