National Federation of the Blind of Florida


WHEREAS The lack of adequate public and paratransit transportation is
sited as the number one problem facing the elderly, disabled, economicw
disadvantaged, our youth and especially the blind community; and

WHEREAS Last year more than one million trips were denied to
qualified riders in the State of Florida making it impossible for people to get
to and from the work place, travel to medical appointments, shop for
necessities and participate in local government; and

WHEREAS This situation ultimately results in higher costs as the
unemployment rate rises and seniors are placed in nursing homes  and
assisted living facilities where their transportation needs are no longer an
issue; and

WHEREAS The State of Florida is presently facing the reality that the
senior population will increase by 70% and the blind community specifically
is expected to swell by between 18 and 25 per cent by the year 2015; and

WHEREAS The State of Florida has one of the highest concentrations of
residents who are considered to be "transportation disadvantaged” in the
Nation; and

WHEREAS In the past seven years, the Legislature has not increased the
Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund, to meet the needs of the State’s
growing Transportation Disadvantaged population; and

WHEREAS Funding provided to the 67 counties within the State of Florida
by the Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund is the primary source of
disadvantaged transportation services for a majority of these counties:
Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by The National Federation of the Blind of Florida,  in
convention assembled, this second day of September, 2000, in the City of
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that we support the efforts of the Transportation
Disadvantaged Commission to ensure the passage of legislation to
increase by $10 million the Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund.