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20 Apr 20

Demand Response Data Access & Communications Choices

Thank you to guest blogger Steve Yaffe for writing this blog on factors that influence our decision when procuring technology for scheduling and dispatch for transit agencies. This blog is a continuation of the Technology for Demand Response Transportation series. This blog delves into choices we face when procuring technology for scheduling and dispatch. Key issues in…

11 Apr 20

Staying Connected After Giving Up the Keys & During Self-Quarantine

This blog was developed as a part of NADTC’s partnership activities with the National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults (engAGED). In addition to the blog, NADTC presented webinar and wrote an e-news article on the relationship between transportation and social isolation of older adults. The mission of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) is to work with…

06 Apr 20

Act Now! The Census and Transportation

This blog is provided by Carrie Diamond, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center.  If you have questions or comments, Carrie can be reached at cdiamond@easterseals.com   According to the U.S. Constitution, the population of the country must be counted every 10 years. The last census was completed in…

19 Feb 20

Rural Missouri Health Network Plans Regional Ride System

Special thanks to guest bloggers Kelly Ast, Project Director, Rides to Health & Wealth and to Patty Cantrell, Director of New Growth for preparing this post. This article provides an overview  of how organizations in rural west central Missouri collaborated to form the region’s Rides to Health and Wealth program to address rural transportation issues.  Rural communities across America…

20 Dec 19

Proceedings of a Workshop – Ushering in an Era of New Mobility: People, Community and Technology

The following is the last in a series of seven blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. In this last blog of the series, the need for transactional data specifications to efficiently provide demand response transportation. Many older adults and people with disabilities have difficulty in reaching medical appointments,…

20 Dec 19

Procuring Technology for Computer-Aided Scheduling & Dispatch

The following is the fourth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog focuses on the stages of procuring technology for scheduling demand response transit. Based on experience scheduling demand response transit manually and with software, pleased be assured that using technology is the…

20 Dec 19

Components of an RFP

The following is the fifth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. In this blog, will discuss using a Request for Proposals (RFP) a method for procuring transit technology.     As discussed in my previous blog, a Request for Proposals (RFP) is the preferred…

20 Dec 19

Demand Response Transit Technology Specifications

The following is the sixth in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog highlights how to prepare a Request for Proposals in procuring transit technology.   The technologies requested in a RFP Scope has to be scaled in two directions:  the functionalities needed and…

20 Dec 19

Scheduling Agency-Sponsored Rides

The following is the third in a series of blogs on demand response transportation design and operations from guest blogger Steve Yaffe. This blog highlights the importance of an efficient transit scheduling system. Efficient and effective scheduling enables the transportation provider to stay within budget while maintaining the loyalty of funding agencies.  While efficient scheduling…

19 Dec 19

Cost Allocation Among Funding Agencies

In our last NADTC blog , guest blogger Steve Yaffe discussed how more paratransit rides can be provided within budgetary limitations if paratransit operations and accounting are structured as a shared service, with costs proportionately allocated to each funding source. In this second blog of the series, we continue to look at paratransit cost-allocation, with a specific focus on how…