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What a ride!
Agencies coordinate transport venture
Original article appeared in Business First of Buffalo - May 18, 2007 by Tracey Drury - Business First
not unusual in the afternoons to find six vans from different agencies
pulled up in front of an area hospital, each there to pick up one or
two elderly clients.
"The Center for Transportation Excellence approach is probably one of the first (organizations) we've seen in a long time with an idea that may be able to actually coordinate the system in a more efficient manner," Battaglia says.
Though the Center for Transportation Excellence is still two months away from opening, organizers have begun working with public and private groups to coordinate services, as well as create joint training opportunities.
The 20,000-square-foot CTE is adjacent to the We Care Transportation facility off East Amherst Street. It was conceived a year ago as a collaborative among public, private and nonprofit providers of transportation services for seniors and the developmental disabled.
With $2 million in construction funding from Olympic Management Systems, owner of We Care, the CTE is working with everyone from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to CUBRC, a joint program of Calspan Corp. and the University at Buffalo.
Paul Snyder III, owner of Olympic Management, said the region is ready for a public/private partnership that works.
"This is an evolving venture," he says. "Our community doesn't have a lot of experience in social entrepreneurship and public/private partnerships."