After shifting away from transportation to the general public, the executive director for Leavenworth County Council on Aging thought the agency would see a drop in its transportation services. But this has not been the case.

After shifting away from transportation to the general public, the executive director for Leavenworth County Council on Aging thought the agency would see a drop in its transportation services. But this has not been the case.

“Actually, our service has increased,” Linda Lobb said.

Lobb discussed the Council on Aging’s transportation services Thursday when providing a quarterly report to the Leavenworth County Commission.

At the beginning of the year, the Council on Aging switched from offering transportation for the general public to transportation services only for people who are 50 years of age and older and people with disabilities.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber said Thursday that he is amazed there has not been a drop off in demand for transportation services.

“It might fall off in the future months,” he said.

Lobb said there has been an increase in users with disabilities, and she does not fully understand why they previously had not been using the Council on Aging’s transportation services.

Ahead of the change in transportation services, the Council on Aging sent letters to previous users to notify them of what was taking place.

Lobb said some people still had vouchers or punchcards for the old transportation service. Those were still honored during the month of January.

The Council on Aging participated in a state program when it offered transportation services to the general public. With the change in focus, the Council on Aging is no longer participating in the program.

However, COA officials have applied for funding through a different state program. They have not heard whether the COA has been approved for the new state program.

If the Council on Aging is not approved for the program this year, officials plan to reapply for next year, Lobb said.

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