September 2016
 A monthly update from   

Mobility Management of South Central New York serves five counties in SCNY and is a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central NY.

Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap

The Rural Health Network of SCNY and the Community Foundation for SCNY present Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton, NY. 

This conference is designed to convene health
practitioners, transportation providers, community
leaders, philanthropic organizations, elected
officials, governmental service providers, and health
insurance companies to learn about and discuss the
opportunities and barriers surrounding transporta-
tion and healthcare access. The targeted counties
include Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland,
Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Otsego, Schoharie,
Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins; however,
participants from other New York communities
are welcome.

View the  full event schedule and then  register for the conference.  Registration deadline is  October 19th.

You can help by spreading the word. Please forward the information to members of your organization or partners you work with who may be interested in attending.

It's About Communities; It's About Values

MMSCNY's Assistant Director Offers His Perspective

I started working as a mobility manager back in 2009. My ideas about the work have changed a lot in seven years. At the time, I took it for granted that mobility management was, at its core, a new and better way to think about transportation; really, it's a way to think about communities- people, things, their relationship to place. And it's also about values. What does a person value and what do people collectively value?
Solving mobility problems is not easy, especially when the problems relate to something as fundamental as value systems. The work raises a lot of questions, questions I find myself asking repeatedly over a given seven-year stretch. I don't have many answers to these questions, but I do have some thoughts.
Nick Cecconi,
Assistant Director, MMSCNY

Who's Driving That Car?

Imagine walking out of your hotel when you use your cell phone to hail a ride to get to dinner or a meeting.  When your ride pulls up, you jump in and the car takes off;  suddenly you realize there is no driver. You have hailed a ride from an autonomous fleet.

Check out this link for the article on PA self-driving fleet (by Max Chafkin), or one on  autonomous vehicles immediately below to see it may not be a dream or a
sci fi movie. 

Uber plans to pilot a driverless fleet in Pittsburgh, PA, while Michigan will pass the legislation necessary to allow driverless vehicles and permit autonomous ridesharing vehicles. It may be happening sooner than you think!  

I have several thoughts regarding this new movement; I'd like to hear yours.

William Wagner
Director of Mobility Management of SCNY 
Ahead of the Curve
Without a national framework, some states like California and Michigan have taken the lead and drafted regulations for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, albeit with drivers standing by in the front seat. Michigan is about to take it one step further and pass legislation allowing cars without drivers. Currently, the state permits 
autonomous-vehicle testing, but only if someone is behind the wheel. They are also looking to permit auto manufacturers to operate a network of on-demand autonomous ridesharing vehicles. See the article by Andrew Krok at autonomous vehicles.
MMSCNY Seeks a Connection to Care Advocate
in Support of Independent Living

Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY), a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY), has a current AmeriCorps opening for a Connection to Care Advocate . The Connection to Care Advocate will support independent living, serving with a team of transportation professionals and AmeriCorps members to improve access to health care and other essential services for people who face barriers to care, including the elderly and people with disabilities. See the position description at CTC Advocate.
AmeriCorps members serve for 11-12 months and complete 1700 hours of service. They receive a living allowance of $12,530, an Education Award of $5,775, and no-cost health insurance is available.
Please help spread the word to individuals who might be interested. You can direct questions to Julie Pitts or Haley Desilet at the RHNSCNY (607-692-7669). 

Some Related FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund,
and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the
President's national call to service initiative,
United We Serve. Since 1994, more than 72,000
AmeriCorps members in New York State have completed more than 110 million hours of service. For more information, visit national service.

What is a rural health network?
A rural health network is a collaboration among rural health care providers that pool resources and identify means to achieve common goals and objectives.
What is the Rural Health Network of South Central New York?
The Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) is the not-for-profit "parent" organization that holds the AmeriCorps grant and administers the AmeriCorps program, among several others, in our area of SCNY. Their mission is to promote and improve the health of rural communities and strengthen each community's capacity to respond to health needs by reducing barriers and improving access and use of health and human services through advocacy, communication and partnerships. The most recent round of AmeriCorps funding, announced by Governor Cuomo in August, is specifically earmarked to "Address urgent community problems related to food security and the needs of homebound and elderly individuals." Read more at
Cuomo's announcement

Getting The Word Out

MMSCNY's Emily Blakeslee (l) and Kayla Jack (r) at the Delaware County Senior Fair, getting the word out about GetThere.

Emily: Seniors and Disabilities Specialist,
and Kayla: AmeriCorps representative
serving as a Mobility & Transportation Advocate.

Truman Foundation to Benefit Connection to Care Services for Tioga County Residents 
MMSCNY and the RHNSCNY extend thanks to the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for its recent gift to Connection To Care, to assist with direct transportation services to Tioga County residents in need.
Tioga County has an aging population and limited affordable transportation services.  In order to access some essential health services (cancer treatment, dialysis, etc.) Tioga County residents must travel out of county, often requiring a long trip.  Even trips to health care appointments within the county can require many miles of travel.  Individuals who are not enrolled in Medicaid* and have low/fixed incomes are challenged to cover the cost of transportation to medical appointments. This includes many elderly residents of Tioga County.
To date, Connection to Care has procured 37,042 miles of transportation service for Tioga residents at an average cost of $.51 per mile. Average costs per mile of transportation by service or option range from a low of $.20 per mile for fuel cards to $2.64 per mile for transport by private carrier. 
In addition to Tioga County, Connection to Care also currently serves, Broome, Delaware, Chenango and Otsego Counties.
* Individuals actively enrolled in Medicaid are not eligible for Connection to Care since they are provided with transportation to medical appointments as a Medicaid benefit. 
If you would like to more information on making an investment or donation to support mobility and transportation needs throughout South Central New York, please contact Cindy Martin, Director of Development at the Rural Health Network of
South Central New York @ (607) 692-7669

Coming Soon
Watch for county specific news and notes in upcoming issues of The Milepost. It is also our intention to include county specific metrics periodically. Stay tuned.
MMSCNY's Metrics Quick View

Connection to Care (CTC) helps those in need of non-emergency medical transportation. Some funding is available to cover approved expenses for individuals with a financial need.
Did You Know?  
Coach USA operates the ShortLine intercity bus service in New York State's Southern Tier and Hudson Valley. Though it's primarily used for intercity travel, it can also be used as a commuter route by people traveling from Whitney Point into Binghamton. Buses arrive at the B.C. Junction daily from Whitney Point at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m and one way trips cost only $3.75! From there, riders can transfer directly to the B.C. Transit fixed-route system. Check out for more information.    
Events, Conferences, Workshops, Save-the-Date

Sept. 22 - Oct. 6, Car Free Challenge, (For Information)

Oct. 10, Tioga Transportation Group Meeting, CCE, Owego, 11 am
Oct. 13, MMSCNY Advisory Committee (noon) and 
BMTS Coordinated Transportation Committee, 1:30 pm, STIC, Binghamton 

Oct.18-20, NYPTA Conference & Expo, Transit Technology and Smarter CommunitiesDesmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany (For Information)

Oct. 22, Tioga County Medical Mission, Owego Elementary School, Owego

Mobility Management of South Central NY's GetThere call center, in coordination with the Owego Rotary Club, Northern Tioga Neighbors Network (NTNN), the Senior Information and Referral Service (SIRS), and Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN), will assist with transportation services on a limited basis. Plans and a comprehensive list of services are being finalized; informational materials will be forthcoming.
Oct. 26, Transportation & Health Forum , Binghamton Doubletree (save-the-date above)
How You Can Help
Join in promoting our cause; help spread the word and gather feedback. Share this communication with others who may be interested or let us know additions to the distribution list. Share your ideas and those you hear from others with us. We continue to welcome your suggestions.  


To make a donation to MMSCNY online, please use this online link, or send a check to us c/o the RHNSCNY,
PO Box 416, Whitney Point, NY 13862.
To earmark your gift to CTC and/or GetThere, please note your designation(s) in the memo section.
What is Mobility Management?
Mobility management, as defined by the
"... the good use of a great variety of existing transportation resources, the use of less expensive alternatives, and the creation of inter-agency partnerships, all with the primary goal of providing customized service to residents and communities."  

Contact information:

Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY)

phone: 607-240-2033 

William Wagner, Director, e-mail:

Nick Cecconi, Assistant Director, e-mail:


GetThere Call Center phone: 1-855-373-4040


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