Cracking the transportation bottleneck

Getting rural seniors to and from services is challenging. An agency in Whitehall has found a solution.

In 2010, the Whitehall Senior Center, an activity and meals hub for seniors in Whitehall, was trying to unload a bus and a van it had been using to transport its patrons and residents of a nearby assisted-living home. The Montana Department of Transportation had designated the center that area's agency to provide state-funded public transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. But the center was finding the state's reporting system and other requirements too cumbersome.

Dick Gustin, who had been running the program for Whitehall Senior Center, asked Liberty Place, a local nonprofit...


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