Protecting Transportation for Seniors, Veterans, and People with Disabilities
To protect transit services for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) needs a local source of funding that cannot be taken by the state or federal government.
Since 2009, there has been a 32% increase in MST trips for senior citizens, veterans, and people with disabilities. In 2013, MST provided nearly 200,000 rides covering more than 1 million miles to seniors and people with disabilities. Every 2½ minutes, a senior, a veteran or a person with a disability boards an MST bus. For many of these people, MST is their sole means of transportation.
Unfortunately, the federal government has recently eliminated the dedicated funding for these vital transit programs.
The MST board of directors is considering placing a local funding measure on a future ballot, exclusively to protect transit services for senior citizens, veterans, and people with disabilities.
A potential small, 1/8-cent special sales tax measure would raise local funds dedicated to these critical programs:
MST Services for Veterans
- Monterey County is home to an estimated 25,000 military veterans, including veterans with disabilities
- MST provides veterans access to health care, housing and job placement services, and transportation to education and career training
“There are hundreds of veterans in Monterey County that rely on MST…I used the program, and it’s benefited me, and it’s benefiting hundreds of disabled veterans in our community.”
— Robert Jurado,
Case Manager Assistant,
Veterans Transition Center
MST Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- MST provided over 100,000 rides for people with disabilities last year
- Many seniors rely on MST as their sole means of transportation after giving up driving
- Services include important rides to medical appointments, the hospital, and destinations such as the pharmacy and grocery store