Rural Aging Program Supports COAST Transportation in Whitman County

Check out the new van that Whitman County's Council on Aging and Human Services purchased with partial support from our Rural Aging Services Initiative!  Older adults in Whitman County use COAST for any number of transportation needs, from basic necessities to life-enriching activities, and we were thrilled to be able to support the purchase of a new ADA-accessible van (see below!)

New COAST van purchased by Council on Aging and Human Services through a combination of support from the Washington State Department of Transportation and a grant from EHF's Rural Aging Services Initiative.

New COAST van purchased by Council on Aging and Human Services through a combination of support from the Washington State Department of Transportation and a grant from EHF's Rural Aging Services Initiative.

Council on Aging believes that "personal mobility is one of the foundations of full participation in a free society," which rings especially true for rural-dwelling older adults.  In our work to date on the Rural Aging Services Initiative, we have found that transportation is the most acute need for older adults living in non-metro areas, and this need is widely recognized in rural health circles across the country (check out this October 2014 article via the Daily Yonder).  Fostering strong partnerships between rural service providers helps to create efficiencies rather than duplicated efforts, and Council on Aging is committed to coordinating services with other providers. 

COAST Public Transportation serves Whitman, Asotin, and Garfield Counties in Eastern Washington, as well as several counties in Western Idaho.