The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has announced the award of $400,000 in competitive grants to communities in five states–Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, New York and Oklahoma–to implement innovative projects that will remove barriers to transportation and expand mobility options for older adults and people with disabilities. The five Innovations in Mobility grantees were selected from among the ten transportation planning grants funded by NADTC in 2018. Each grantee will receive up to $70,000 to build upon their earlier work, partner with older adults, people with disabilities and community stakeholders and develop sustainable and replicable innovations that result in increased availability of accessible transportation in their communities.
- Capacity Builders, Inc., in Farmington, NM, will provide curb-to-curb rides for individuals with disabilities and for older adults in remote areas of the Navajo reservation in San Juan County as well as other areas outside the City of Farmington. The project will recruit Navajo elders as drivers and hire individuals who speak the Navajo language.
- Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland, ME, will test the concept of a city-wide weekly shopper shuttle service for older adults, people with disabilities and individuals who have low incomes, including residents of housing facilities and those living in single-family and small multi-unit housing. The Shopper Links project responds to the identified unmet need for free or low-cost, door-to-door transportation to grocery shopping.
- INCOG Area Agency on Aging, in Tulsa, OK, will develop a paratransit travel training program to familiarize and better connect older adults and people with disabilities living in food deserts to grocery stores through the use of existing transportation services. The project will also use ridesharing services to implement a program to fill existing transportation gaps to healthy food options.
- North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, in Fort Collins, CO, will implement a centralized One-Call/One-Click center in which existing transportation providers in Larimer County will coordinate services to deliver an increased number of rides for older adults and adults with disabilities in rural areas of the county. Visit nfrmpo.org for more information.
- Shared Mobility, Inc., in Buffalo, NY, will develop and deploy a shared-ride coordinated volunteer transportation program for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income individuals in Erie County, New York.