REALITY CHECK: RIDING SEPTA WHILE ELDERLY
Written by Charles Ellison on November 27, 2017
A measure of a city’s character hinges on how well it treats its senior citizens. In Philly, one aspect of that is how easy it is for senior citizens to travel from their homes to the rest of the city. And on that front, Customized Community Transportation, the elderly-focused paratransit service supervised by SEPTA, leaves a lot to be desired.
CCT, a private service contracted to three different companies by SEPTA for about $80 million, provides transportation for challenged seniors, the disabled and those fraught with sickness. CCT transports over 3,500 riders a day, a disproportionate share of whom is indeed elderly, given Philadelphia’s growing aging population.
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