MONTROSE – Area residents who have benefitted over the years from All Points Transit services will have a chance to give back at the upcoming Montrose Oktoberfest.
For the second year, All Points will be the prime beneficiary of fundraising during Oktoberfest, which takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. at Centennial Plaza on Oct. 6.
“Last year, Oktoberfest raised a little more than $5,000 for our operations to make sure we could get seniors and people with disabilities to locations they needed to get to,” All Points Director Terri Wilcox said. “This is really beneficial to us.”
All Points transit provides a dial-a-ride service throughout the Montrose and Delta county communities, as wells as in Norwood. The fully-accessible, pre-scheduled, door-to-door transportation program serves seniors and people with disabilities.
Because the non-profit’s funding is supplemented by Area Agency on Aging, the rides are provided on a donation basis. The program has conducted 3,600 trips from January to September this year, each trip costing All Points about $16. In August, the program got 37 cents per ride from rider donations.
“Many of our riders can’t afford the ride, so this [Oktoberfest] money really does go to a good cause,” Wilcox said.
The All Points city bus service provides transportation throughout Montrose and from Olathe, and is averaging about 138 riders per day, and continues to grow, she said.
With growing popularity and increased transportation needs, All Points has expanded services and plans to provide even more routes.
Through Olathe’s Community Health Center, a grant has been obtained to provide expanded routes to Olathe, which Wilcox said she hopes will be in place by January 2013.
“The hope is that the grant also will include rides from Delta to Olathe,” she said. “It would be great if our bus service could expand to Delta. We are talking regional now, and that is great.”
All Points also recently expanded its clinic rides to the West End, as it partnered with the Telluride Foundation to provide medical shuttle services.
This new service provides rides seven times a month between Montrose and the Norwood, Telluride, Nucla and Naturita area communities. People who do not have medical appointments also can use the service, if there is room on the bus.
“We are increasing mobility and access greatly in our communities,” she said.
All Points also provides rides to Grand Junction for medical appointments one Monday a month.
All Points is working to enhance its city bus service by establishing a central office and transfer station on South Second Street in Montrose, and raise money to get benches and shelters at many of the popular city bus stops.
Wilcox said she hopes the latter will be funded in part by a 2014-15 grant that All Points is currently putting together.
As a result of its efforts to connect communities and provide senior transportation, All Points was selected earlier this week to receive the 2012 Administrative Award for Outstanding Public Service from The Federal Transit Administration. It will receive that national award on Oct. 16 in Salt Lake City at the FTA annual conference.