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Taking Public Transit with Age Friendly CV

AARP Community Challenge Grant (2018)

In July of 2018, the City 's Age-Friendly Chula Vista (AFCV) Communities Team was awarded a 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant to implement transportation and social participation goals in the AFCV Action Plan.  The grant created new resources for the City of Chula Vista Senior population related to transit use, including a video PSA and tutorial on public transportation use, documenting three guided field trips that provided an opportunity for residents to engage in new activities throughout the city. 

Field trips were proceeded 4-5 days prior with a Travel Training 101 class provided by the  San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS), where residents engaged in learning how to access public transportation in their neighborhoods (reading bus and trolley schedules, paying for transit fares through the MTS Compass Card system and planning future trips using public transit).  Field trip included:

  • HarborFest (12/18/18) - 18 residents from the Harvest Ridge Senior Apartment complex went to the annual HarborFest community festival at the Chula Vista Marina. Of the residents aged 60+ that participated, 92% of individuals surveyed said that they had never been to the HarborFest festival prior to the field trip but would definitively attend the event again in the future based on their experience during the guided field trip.
  • Norman Park Senior Center (10/9/18) – 10 residents participated in the second guided trip from Granada Mobile Estates. 50% of individuals surveyed said that they had never been to the Norman Park Senior Center prior to the field trip, and 100% said that they would visit again in the future based on their experience during the guided field trip.
  • Living Coast Discovery Center (10/11/18) – 11 residents from Seniors on Broadway participated in this guided trip to a nature preserve along the Chula Vista Bayfront including a docent tour and viewing of animal feedings.  100% of residents were Spanish speakers and had never been to the Living Coast Discovery Center before.

Participants were provided with a 30 day transit pass and tracked to determine if their knowledge, comfort and use of transit increased through the project.  

Through this grant the City of Chula Vista has engaged a demographic in our community whom have historically had relatively low levels of community engagement, and provided them with the tools and knowledge on how to use public services like public transit for many years to come. We look forward to continuing this kind of engagement with our community members and hope that you can join us for our next field trip!

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