Thanks for your feature story in your August 26 South Doppler issue, that outlines GAP’s challenges to provide transportation on a needs basis for those who are without ready access to a vehicle.
We “GAPPER’s” (new word!) who are enthusiastic about our programs, and serving our needy “customers” well, appreciate your enthusiastic support!
It is interesting, that, when, at the town’s invitation, our citizens had our first 2022 budget discussions, last Thursday evening, transportation needs were near the top of the list!
We are a “little” town of 12,000, and growing, but with a large geographic area. It will be some time before a system with specific routes and schedules make economic, and service, sense. That has been proven with past attempts by concerned volunteers to thoroughly study several possibilities. A needs base is what we require, but until the advent of GAP there was not an organization that could manage same. Our GAP transportation program is launched, and serving many of those who really need help, but needs further refinement and capacity, and of course, the required financial support!
The AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) transportation fund, was extremely popular, and was quickly taken up by other needy municipalities. We have asked the town if it is possible for GAP to access some of the Government Gas Tax rebate funds that are received, yearly by the town. We have yet to receive a reply.
John Cooper, Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP)
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