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Travel Training

An ECNV Travel Trainer planning a trip The ECNV Travel Training program is for people with disabilities who want to learn to travel safely and independently using public transportation in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Through the multi-day program that is comprehensive and individualized, you will learn a variety of travel skills that will enable you to ride your local transportation independently. The Travel Trainers will work with you to learn transit routes to travel anywhere you want to go.

Travel Training can benefit many people in the community including:

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Family members and caregivers
  • Schools and colleges
  • Employers
  • Businesses


What you will learn:

During Travel Training, you will learn travel skills including, but not limited to:

  • Identifying transportation options
  • Reading maps and schedules
  • Planning the trip
  • Buying and using SmarTrip cards
  • Identifying the appropriate bus and/or train to ride
  • Boarding, riding, and deboarding trains and buses
  • Crossing the street
  • Maintaining appropriate behavior
  • Learning safety skills
  • Handling unexpected situations or problems
  • Planning for emergencies

The Travel Trainer will work with you until you are confident and proficient in each travel skill.
 

Sign up:

Call ECNV Travel Trainers, Selvin at (703) 673-4491 SelvinG@ecnv.org or Lydia Farrell at (703) 828-1778 Lydiaf@ecnv.org or ECNV at (703) 525-3268 to start the process. They will set up an appointment to come out to your house or to a place of your choosing to discuss your travel skills and goals. The actual travel training will last until you are able to travel safely and independently.

 

Meet the ECNV Travel Trainers

 

Selvin GarciaSelvin Garcia has been with ECNV for over 10 years, having served in various positions throughout the office. He traveled througout the states to organize civil rights trainings for the Federal Transit Administration of the US Dept. of Transportation for several years. Selvin is fluent in both Español and English.


 

Lydia Farrell has a passion for helping people attain quality of life. She studied Therapeutic Recreation and has extensive experience working with individuals with various disabilities. She strives to see a person’s potential and help them achieve their goals to live a full life. She is excited about helping individuals gain the skills they need to use public transportation independently.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does the Travel Training process work?
A. Contact the ECNV Travel Trainers, Selvin or Lydia to start the process.  They will set up an appointment to come out to your house or to a place of your choosing to discuss your travel skills and goals.  The actual travel training will last until you are able to travel safely and independently. 

Q. How much will Travel Training cost me?
A. Thanks to generous support from WMATA, we are able to provide this service for free. 

Q. How long will the Travel Training take?
A. The training will take as long as it needs to take in order for you to travel safely and independently. It could take a couple of days or a couple of weeks. The Travel Trainers will be flexible to your schedule.

Q. Where can I learn to go?
A. Anywhere within the Washington DC Metro service area. 

Q. I have some friends who would like to do this, too. Are there any options for travel training in a group?
A. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has two great programs: a systems orientation program and a group travel training program. Contact 202-962-2700 or email TravelTraining@wmata.com.

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ECNV's Travel Training Program is sponsored by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
 
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