The Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition (sntc) has a long-time partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). SNTC purchases para-transit rides from the RTC, which creates increased paratransit availability for people with disabilities. We have depended in the past on RTC ACCESS’ well-trained and qualified staff to operate the paratransit system.
In 2012, with the award of two new grants from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and United Way, SNTC began new partnerships with community organizations that provide important services to Nevadans in need. Through SNTC and the grantors, these organizations can now provide free transportation for people with disabilities in need:
The Fund for a Healthy Nevada (DHHS) grant provides free RTC RIDE and RTC ACCESS tickets to people with disabilities in need who are accessing food resources through the Children’s Cabinet, Northern Nevada HOPES, Step2, and the Washoe County School District Family Resource Center.
After receiving a design grant from the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) in the Fall of 2015, SNTC helped to create a new transportation provider, the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada (N4). With transportation being one of the most requested services, N4 uses the senior village model and time exchange to connect, not only seniors, but all citizens, for exchanging services, volunteerism, social connection, and information and referrals to community resources. Currently, N4 provides administrative support to SNTC, including the implementation of the new SNTC Bucks program.
In 2016, SNTC created a pilot program with funding from the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop a process to leverage Shared Ride platforms (Lyft/Uber) to allow consumers to explore greater independence and a larger area than allowed in other programs. After the completion of the pilot, SNTC received funding from DHHS and private non-profit foundations to launch the SNTC Bucks program which provides a 4 for 1 voucher program for people with disabilities needing transportation within Washoe County.