Travel Training and Mobility Outreach
GOPASCO believes in promoting travel independence and empowering customers by providing mobility options. Check out our Travel Training and Mobility Outreach services listed below.
TRAVEL TRAINING PROGRAM
If you want to learn how to access and ride GOPASCO, then our voluntary and free Travel Training Program may be for you. Our program aims to promote independence by increasing your capabilities and understanding of how to use transit to travel throughout Pasco County and connect to neighboring counties for recreation, work, shopping, and more. Our Travel Trainers are available for one-on-one or small group sessions.
How Does Travel Training Work?
A Travel Trainer will design a customized program for you. Your assigned trainer will meet with you and walk you through you everything you need to know, such as onboard dos and don’ts, bringing your bicycle with you, safety around buses, and a real bus ride. This program is FREE, including bus fare – when accompanied by a GOPASCO Travel Trainer. Our program is open to ALL individuals interested in learning the benefits of using public transportation and how to ride the bus including residents, visitors, seniors, persons with disabilities and group homes.
What You Will Learn
You can expect to gain the skills and knowledge listed below, and possibly more, depending on your individual goals.
- How and when to approach the bus stop so you don’t miss your bus
- Planning your trip: How to read a bus schedule and use mobile apps for bus information
- Identifying the appropriate bus to ride
- Boarding, riding and exiting the buses
- Crossing the street
- Maintaining appropriate behavior
- Handling unexpected situations or problems
- Ask for assistance and request help from an appropriate source
- How to pay the fare and various fare options
- Skills to safely ride onboard GOPASCO
- What to do in an emergency
What Types of Travel Training are Offered?
Travel Training instruction is customized to meet the needs of each passenger. The goal is to ensure that you have the skills and confidence to use GOPASCO’s bus service.
- One-on-One Training
Individual training sessions will be customized to meet your goals. The Travel Trainer will call or email you to discuss your goals, develop your plan and schedule your session(s). Services offered include the option to ride the bus with the Travel Trainer as part of your plan and at no charge to you. Your Travel Trainer may design customized tools such as memory aides, visual trip plans, photo flip books and stop request cards to create a customized program for you.
- Small Group
Community groups, groups of friends or employees also have the option to go through Travel Training together. The Travel Trainer will call or email a contact from your group to discuss your goals, develop a plan and schedule your session(s). Classroom sessions focus on riding smart and safe, using a PowerPoint presentation and might include role playing or other fun activities to enhance learning. As with one-on-one sessions, services offered include the option to ride the bus with the Travel Trainer as part of your plan and at no charge to your group.
How to Get Started
You can book a Travel Training easily by submitting this form.
MOBILITY OUTREACH SERVICES
GOPASCO also offers Mobility Outreach services that consist of group presentations and attending events to inform the community about the benefits of using the GOPASCO bus system.
GOPASCO Mobility Outreach staff are available to present to your community group, other small group or employees about GOPASCO’s transit options and demonstrate the benefits of using public transportation. Like Travel Training, Mobility Outreach is a FREE service available to ANYONE in Pasco County. Once notifying GOPASCO of your interest, staff will reach out to you to determine your goals and customize the presentation to fit your needs. Some topics that might be of interest include:
- Local Transportation Options
- Accessibility Features
- Planning A Trip
- GOPACO Reduced Fare Programs
- GOPASCO Veterans Program
- Travel Safety Tips
- GOPASCO’s Travel Training Program
- Safety Around Buses
- Proper Etiquette When Onboard
- Regional Connectivity
Mobility Outreach staff are available to attend special events and resource fairs in Pasco County. Our staff will provide education on how to use GOPASCO’s fixed route and paratransit services, programs for reduced fares and Veterans, how to participate in Travel Training or Group Presentations, as well as provide and explain bus routes and maps, and other informational handouts focused on the benefits of using public transportation.
To request GOPASCO’S Mobility Outreach staff attend your event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use Mobility Outreach as the subject and in the body of the email include the name of the event, type of event, date(s), and contact person, if different than the person sending the email.