RVTD Wins International Award for Go Vets Program
RVTD was awarded Best Overall Marketing Campaign by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), which recognizes and honors outstanding achievements in transportation demand management (TDM).
Over 100 nominations were received in 15 categories for this year’s annual awards, which were presented on the final day of ACT’s International Conference in New York City on August 7, 2019.
The Go Vets program worked from May through September 2018 to reach nearly 400 local Veterans. Each participant was hand-delivered a Go Kit by RVTD’s Veterans Travel Trainer. The kits were filled with transportation information and resources customized to fit the specific needs of each person. Also included in the kit were RVTD bus passes and information about local Veteran services.
An important goal of the Go Vets program was to help Veterans access not only employment and healthcare, but also social and recreational opportunities to improve their quality of life and help with reintegration into our community. The Go Vets program was successful in improving the mobility and independence of Veterans by providing transportation options that weren’t there before. Go Vets participants reported getting to 61% more medical appointments, 74% more work/employment programs, and 59% more social or recreational opportunities. Nearly 90% of Veterans said they felt more connected to the community because of the Go Vets program.
"With so much innovation and investment taking place in TDM, we are honored to be shining the spotlight on the recipients of ACT's 2019 National TDM Awards,” said David Straus, ACT Executive Director. Through TDM, this year's awardees are helping improve the quality of life of commuters across the country and increasing the efficiency of our transportation infrastructure.”
The success of the Go Vets program would not have been possible without the help and support of our local partners like the Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach, ACCESS, Columbia Care, Easter Seals, Housing Authority of Jackson County, Rogue Community College, and the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics.