By John Blogett
Boulder Monitor 

Cracking the transportation bottleneck

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


John Blogett, Boulder Monitor

After shopping at The Corner Store, Whitehall resident Bruce Ball boards a Whitehall Public Transportation bus driven by LeRoy Murphy Feb. 21, 2020. (Ball has since passed away).

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 nonpro...

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