That’s nearly 1 in 7 people worldwide, or 3 times the population of the United States. A large portion of those individuals live in developing countries, but it is estimated that as many as 15 million Americans lack adequate transportation options. When an individual lacks adequate transportation, the effects can be dire. A lack of access to transportation means a lack of access to healthcare, education, employment, and social events like church or seeing family.
Access to transportation means improved health and wellness, breaking employment barriers, increased educational opportunities, and a reduction in social isolationism.
Approximately 3.6 Million people in the United States miss medical appointments each year due to a lack of transportation.
Lack of transportation creates educational disparity for minorities, students with disabilities, families that are low-income, and single parent households.
In addition to the obvious food deserts in rural environments where a grocery store could be several miles away urban places in the United States are becoming food deserts as well.
Transportation is often cited as a major barrier to employment. As many as 84% of respondents listed a lack of access to transportation as the primary reason for unemployment in one recent study.
Because of where they live, 45% of Americans have no access to public transportation. Many individuals that live outside of the service area for public transportation systems experience transportation challenges that greatly affect their lives.
Transportation options reduce isolation by providing opportunities to attend church, go out to dinner, see a movie, and even have a quality chat with a volunteer driver while on the way to a necessary appointment.
We work with local partners to quantify need, identify stakeholders, and create a sustainable transportation solution in each community where we operate, whether that involves more efficient use of the existing transportation ecosystem or additions like a volunteer driver program. In addition to local partners, we have an extensive web of global experts to call on to assist in tackling broader transportation initiatives.