GATRA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with CO-OP, a local nonprofit that has been serving people with disabilities since 1972, to provide Travel Training for individuals who want to learn how to use GATRA’s fixed route buses. Travel Training instructors from GATRA and CO-OP are skilled in assisting people in overcoming fears and building confidence so they ride the public bus on their own.
The goal of the program is to teach individuals how to safely and independently ride GATRA’s public transportation systems in Attleboro, Taunton and other communities where we have fixed route bus systems. Travel Training can consist of several one-on-one sessions or group lessons.
To begin the program, the travel trainer sets up an in-house mobility assessment with the individual and then the trainer develops an individual travel plan. Although the instruction is often individualized to the trainee’s needs, Travel Training can include many of the following tasks:
- Using GATRA’s website and other online tools to obtain bus system information
- Trip planning activities
- Reading and understanding route maps and schedules
- Riding specific routes
- Getting to and from a specific bus stop
- Recognizing bus numbers, bus stops, and landmarks
- Paying fares and purchasing tickets and passes
- Getting on and off the bus safely
- Locating and transferring to other buses
- Crossing the street safely
- Phone, emergency, and safety skills
There are many benefits of learning to ride the GATRA route system such as greater independence, convenience, and an increased sense of confidence and self-reliance.
If you or someone you know would benefit from Travel Training, please contact Mary Basilone, GATRA’s Mobility Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-823-8828.