When resources are available, the Transit Empowerment Fund Board supports projects that employ creative solutions to expand transit services in underserved neighborhoods in the Capital Metro service area.
In 2013, the Fund invested in a demonstration project that provides transportation to clients of AVANCE living in Far Northeast Austin and Del Valle in order to access Parent-Child Education programs. This program provided transportation for 70 clients at a cost that was lower than the provision of special transit services. The program was such a success that the Manor and Del Valle Independent School Districts are working with AVANCE to continue the services.
In 2014, the Fund partnered with AGE of Central Texas to identify gaps and resources, and create a plan to address the transportation needs of older adults in the Austin area. The report was completed in February 2015 and is guiding the future work of the Board to expand transportation access for seniors in our community. Click here for the report.
In 2017, the Fund provided a grant to CommunityCare who partnered with Ride Austin, a local app-based, on-demand transportation service. This grant allowed the non-profit rideshare organization to partner with Community Care Collaborative for a pilot program in which those without the means to pay for transportation to access healthcare are able to request no-cost rides for medical appointments or pharmacies within the Collaborative’s network.
Also in 2017, the Fund awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Austin funds intended to expand and enhance the impact of its Smart Work, Learn Play-Mobility Equity Program. With the funds, the program was able double the number of residents served and add supplemental transportation literacy classes to its offerings.