Transportation Guide

Transportation is often difficult for people with disabilities. That's even more true in a rural state, like Maine. This guide contains links to various transportation options.



Bus

Transportation Services by County

Car

Air

Other Sites

Bus

Bus Transportation
http://www.exploremaine.org/bus/index.html

Demand Response Buses
One of the jobs of these bus systems is to provide free transportation to MaineCare appointments. You must contact them ahead of time.
http://www.exploremaine.org/bus/demandresponse.html

The American Public Transportation Association
A listing of Maine transportation web sites.
http://www.apta.com/links/state_local/me.cfm




Transportation Services by County

ADAPT
Offers door-to-door rides for people with disabilities who are unable to use Portland's bus service. An application must be approved before service begins. This service is offered in Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook. Voice: (207) 774-2666

Community Concepts Inc.
Offers a variety of social services that promote self-sufficiency within the people of the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine.
http://www.community-concepts.org/

Penquis Community Action Program
Was created to bring locally developed solutions to the multifaceted problems faced by the poor.
http://www.penquis.org/index.php?cPath=128

People's Regional Opportunity Program
This is a community action agency committed to identifying and addressing social, economic, educational, and health needs existing in the 23 communities in Cumberland County, Maine.
http://www.propeople.org/links/go.htm

Regional Transportation Program
Offers transportation services - via buses and volunteer drivers - to residents of Cumberland County with emphasis on the elderly, the handicapped, the economically disadvantaged, and the clients of social service agencies. Unlike a fixed route system, clients contact the agency to arrange for transportation to various services, including child care for state-protected children, detoxification, counseling, AA and other support group meetings, rehabilitation programs, shopping for the elderly and the handicapped, workshops and work sites for the developmentally disabled, emergency shelters, training programs for the disabled, nutrition sites, etc.
http://www.rtprides.org/

United Way of Mid-Coast Maine
Places to go in Bath - Brunswick Area
http://www.curtislibrary.com/firstcall.htm#transport

The Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP)
WCAP was founded in Waldo County, Maine to make use of and organize public and private resources to assist in the lessening of poverty and address its major causes.
http://www.waldocap.org/pages/programs/transportation.php

The Washington Hancock Community Agency
This is a non-profit, non-governmental, private corporation, and community action program, serving Washington and Hancock counties to promote self-sufficiency by helping income-eligible persons obtain essential services including transportation, housing, entrepreneurial support, and family services.
http://www.whcacap.org/

Western Maine Transportation
Provides services to the Rumford/ Bethel Area.
54 Pine Street, Mexico, ME 04257
Telephone: 1-800-339-9687

York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC)
YCCAC has been delivering a range of social service, health, and educational programs to York County individuals and families living in poverty.
http://www.yccac.org/pagestransportation/Transportation1.htm




Car

Bureau Of Motor Vehicles (Maine)
http://www.state.me.us/sos/bmv

Did You Know...

A vehicle displaying an authorized disability registration plate or placard may park at a parking area with a meter without a charge and may park a length of time that does not exceed twice the limit otherwise allowed.

Scroll down to #12 in the list in the Maine Statute:
http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/29-a/title29-asec521.html


Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/adaptive/brochure/brochure.html An online brochure detailing the process of selecting and installing assistive devices for drivers with disabilities.




Other Important Sites

You can be paid mileage to drive yourself, a family member, or friend to MaineCare appointments.
Contact your area transportation service in advance of the appointment.
http://www.exploremaine.org/bus/demandresponse.html

the Bathroom Diaries
Information about restrooms around the world, includes access. Amazingly complete and includes Maine.
http://www.thebathroomdiaries.com/


U.S. Department Of Transportation Accessibility Page
http://www.dot.gov/citizen_services/disability/disability.html The DOT's online resources on accessible transportation, and contacts for inquiries or complaints.

Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation) http://www.projectaction.org/ Project ACTION works with transit, disability and consumer organizations and federal agencies to improve transit accessibility.




Air


Flying with Disability is a site designed to provide impartial information and advice to all disabled people around the world who travel by air.
http://www.flying-with-disability.org

The U.S. aviation consumer disability toll-free hotline, which is staffed from 7 am to 11 pm local time in Washington, D.C., seven days a week, provides general information to consumers about the rights of air travelers with disabilities and assists air travelers in resolving time-sensitive disability-related issues that need to be addressed in real time.

1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1- 800-455-9880 (TTY)
http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/hotline.htm

The Air Carrier Access Act http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/rules/rules.htm
( Word or PDF files )

New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability from the Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation
http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/horizons.htm

"Passengers with Disabilities", a summary of the Air Carrier Access Act from the DOT's Aviation Consumer Protection Division http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/disabled.htm





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