The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) announced the award of $200,000 in competitive grants to ten communities in ten states–Colorado, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas–to test and refine innovative ideas for increasing accessible transportation and to develop community support and commitment to move toward full implementation. Forty-eight organizations representing 28 states competed for these FTA cooperative agreement funds, which are managed by NADTC. Grantees will receive up to $20,000 each to lay the groundwork for innovative approaches that offer greater access to transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities.
- 3P Ride, Inc. in York, PA, will identify and evaluate replicable programs or applications that work to match/connect individuals for mobility purposes, and test a process that aligns with the goals and needs of older adults and people with disabilities.
- Capacity Builders, Inc. in Farmington, NM, will identify needs for transportation services, develop solutions to address these needs, and create a strategy to implement solutions.
- Feonix – Mobility Rising, working in the Coastal Bend region of Texas, will lay the groundwork for establishing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and an on-demand Volunteer Driver program focused on serving older adults and individuals with disabilities to address documented transportation gaps for night, weekend, cross-county and on-demand services.
- North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization in Fort Collins, CO, will implement an inclusive planning process and pilot test to create an innovative One-Call/One-Click mobility service that refers older adults and individuals with disabilities to appropriate/available transportation options.
- University of Nevada in Reno, NV, will enhance and develop innovative transportation and mobility options that support the engagement of older adults and individuals with disabilities in meaningful social and recreational activities.
- Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland, ME, will design ready-to-launch transportation solutions designed by and responsive to the mobility needs identified by older adults and individuals with disabilities.
- Easterseals DC/MD/VA in Silver Spring, MD, will help to ensure the successful development of a mobile app for ADA complementary paratransit riders in the Washington, D.C. metro area to support independent mobility for individuals with disabilities and older adults.
- Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging in Kernersville, NC, will organize strategic collaborations to identify ways to address gaps in transportation services to older adults after they are released from hospitals and emergency rooms.
- INCOG Area Agency on Aging in Tulsa, OK, will provide access to healthy food sources for older adults and people with disabilities by building new partnerships, encouraging strong community involvement and identifying solutions to serve and better connect those living in
- Shared Mobility, Inc. in Buffalo, NY, will investigate ways specific shared ride services (bikeshare, car sharing, volunteer vanpooling) can innovate to better serve older adults and individuals with disabilities.