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Brown County Rural Specialized Transportation Study

Prepared by the Brown County Planning Commission Staff for the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Brown County

Brown County Rural Specialized Transportation Study

Adopted by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County on September 22, 2016

Brown County Planning Commission Staff Chuck Lamine, AICP, Planning Director Cole Runge, Principal Planner Aaron Schuette, Principal Planner Lisa J. Conard, Senior Planner Dan Teaters, Senior Planner Jeff DuMez, LIO Coordinator Todd Mead, Planner Ker Vang, Planner Kathy Meyer, Administrative Coordinator Courtney Van Der Leest, Administrative Secretary

Brown County Planning Commission Planning and Land Services 305 E. Walnut Street, Room 320 PO Box 23600 Green Bay WI 54305-3600 Phone: (920) 448-6480 Fax: (920) 448-4487 Web: co.brown.wi.us/planning

Acknowledgements

The Brown County Planning Commission staff would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance and insights in the completion of this study.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County Administrative Staff Devon Christianson, Director Christel Giesen, Assistant Director

Steering Committee Marvin Rucker ? ADRC Board Kitty Kaari ? ADRC Rural Program Coordinator Christel Giesen ? ADRC Staff Corrie Campbell ? Brown County Board of Supervisors & ADRC Board Bill Clancy ? Brown County Board of Supervisors Tina Whetung ? Curative Connections Terry Gajeski ? Denmark NeighborCare Connector & Goodwill NCW Joyce Hoes ? Oneida Elder Services Transportation Coordinator Larry Puzen ? Pulaski Commission on Aging Board Lois Trad ? Rural Citizen and Volunteer Debbie Mercier ? Town of Green Bay Clerk

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County Board of Directors Marvin Rucker, Chairperson Barbara Robinson, Vice Chairperson Pat Hickey, Secretary Beth Relich, Treasurer Beverly Bartlett Corrie Campbell Larry Epstein Pat- Finder-Stone Melanie Maczka Jessica Nell Lori Rasmussen Lisa Van Donsel

Funding for this study was provided by the ADRC of Brown County through Wisconsin's Specialized Transportation Assistance Program for Counties (State Statute 85.21).

Table of Contents

Section One Introduction and Background................................................................................................... 3 Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 3

Historic Population Trends........................................................................................................................ 4 Age Distribution ........................................................................................................................................ 7 Population Projections............................................................................................................................ 10 Population of Individuals with a Disability.............................................................................................. 12 Identification of Urban / Rural Areas...................................................................................................... 13 Section Two Specialized Transportation Providers, Service Areas, and Issues .......................................... 15 Specialized Transportation Options........................................................................................................ 15 Green Bay Metro Reduced Fare.............................................................................................................. 16 Green Bay Metro ADA Paratransit Service ............................................................................................. 16 Curative Connections .............................................................................................................................. 19 Rural Driver Escort Program ................................................................................................................... 21 Wisconsin Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) ................................................................. 22 Oneida Transit......................................................................................................................................... 22 Salvation Army ........................................................................................................................................ 23 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) ........................................................................................................ 23 Private Transportation Providers............................................................................................................ 23 Rural Specialized Transportation Issues ..................................................................................................... 23 Rural Specialized Transportation Demand Analysis and Mapping ............................................................. 24 Section Three Analysis of Data and Recommendations ............................................................................ 28 Analysis of Data....................................................................................................................................... 28 Recommendations .................................................................................................................................. 29 Programmatic Recommendations .......................................................................................................... 29 Geographic/Service Area Recommendations ......................................................................................... 30 Resources ................................................................................................................................................ 34 Conclusion................................................................................................................................................... 35

Figure 1-1: Brown County Historical Population Growth, 1960-2010 .......................................................... 5 Figure 1-2: Brown County and State of Wisconsin Historical Population Growth Rates.............................. 5

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Figure 1-3: Brown County Municipality Growth Trends Ranked by 2010 Census Population..................... 6 Figure 1-4: Age as a Percentage of Population in Brown County, 1990 - 2010 ........................................... 7 Figure 1-5: Brown County Median Age by Census Block Group ................................................................... 8 Figure 1-6: Brown County Number of Persons 65 and Over by Census Tract ........................................... 9 Figure 1-7: Brown County Municipality Population Projections Ranked by Projected Numeric Change... 10 Figure 1-8: Brown County Projected Population by Broad Age Group, 2010-2040 ................................... 11 Figure 1-9: Wisconsin Average Life Expectancies, 2005 Estimated and 2010-2040 Projected .................. 12 Figure 1-10: Brown County Urbanized Area ............................................................................................... 14 Figure 2-1: Green Bay Metro Fixed Bus Routes and Paratransit Service Area ........................................... 18 Figure 2-2: Curative Connections Transportation Service Area.................................................................. 20 Figure 2-3: Combined Pulaski and Denmark Red Cross/Curative Connections Rides January 2015February 2016 ............................................................................................................................................. 21 Figure 2-4: 2015 Rural Driver Escort Program Trip Purpose Percentages .................................................. 22 Figure 2-5: Curative Connections Ridership................................................................................................ 26 Figure 2-6: Brown County ADRC Prevention, Nutrition, I&A Clients .......................................................... 27 Figure 3-1: Potential Curative Connections Expansion Areas..................................................................... 31 Figure 3-2: Potential Curative Connections Expansion Areas and Conceptual Routes .............................. 33

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Section One Introduction and Background

Introduction

Brown County is changing. Its population is growing, diversifying, and aging. Green Bay, although still the central and most prominent City within Brown County, is no longer the only location for commercial goods and services, social activities, or owning a home. These activities are increasingly spread across central Brown County in the suburban communities of Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere, Howard and the rapidly growing communities of Hobart, Lawrence, Ledgeview, Scott, and Suamico. As new residents move in to these areas, medical offices, dentist offices, faith-based institutions, grocery stores, drug stores, and other similar uses follow, creating a more dispersed development pattern than existed only a few decades before.

As these uses become more spread out across Brown County, it becomes increasingly important to have the means of transportation to efficiently reach them for such daily tasks as worship, medical appointments, banking, getting groceries, or simply meeting people's social needs. For Brown County's senior citizens and mobility challenged persons in the urban area, there are a number of alternatives available to help them meet these needs even if they choose to not or cannot drive their own vehicle. However, for Brown County's rural citizens whom choose to not or cannot drive, the distance to the doctor, drug store, place of worship, or social activity from the rural parts of the County can act as a significant barrier to meeting their daily needs.

The Brown County Planning Commission staff works with many of Brown County's rural communities to develop their local comprehensive plans. Comprehensive plans are official documents adopted by local municipalities that set forth a vision of how the community should develop or redevelop over the next 20 years. Within the comprehensive plans are a set of goals and objectives specific to the local community to attain this vision that covers such topics as land use, transportation, economic development, housing, natural/cultural/agricultural resources, and utilities/community facilities. As Brown County Planning Commission staff has been working with rural Brown County communities to develop their comprehensive plans over the past 15 years, the concern regarding a lack of access to rural specialized transportation options for their residents is an issue that is continually brought up for discussion. Rural Brown County residents are recognizing that most of their older residents would

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