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27 Dec 21

Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What We Have Learned So Far

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We hear these words a lot, in the media, in our workplaces, even in everyday conversation…but what do they mean when applied to transportation? These are complex issues without simple answers, deserving of time and attention by all who care about the availability of accessible transportation for all who live in…

22 Dec 21

Adult Changing Stations Become a Common Amenity in Several States

BACKGROUND The United States has had a long history of connecting people to various parts of the country through a network of highways, roads and bridges. Modes of travel have certainly evolved over the years, and with the development of the automobile it expanded the idea of constant movement around our cities and towns, road…

14 Dec 21

Transportation’s Challenging COVID Recovery: An NADTC Online Course

The promise of a return to “normal life” has preoccupied just about every sector during the pandemic. But transportation has faced its own unique challenges, especially human services transportation providers. From pauses on travel training programs to limited vehicle capacity and the challenges of social distancing, pre-pandemic standard operations of transit systems still seem slightly…

06 Dec 21

Volunteer Driver Programs: Creative Recruitment Strategies

Guest Blogger –  Virginia Salem (Ginny) started as the administrator for Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc, (NEET) in 2017. She previously worked at the Salisbury Council on Aging advocating for better public transportation and served on the Transportation Task Force of the Advisory Board of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.   Northern Essex Elder…

29 Nov 21

Accessible Transportation for People Living with Dementia

There are currently more than 6 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.  Currently, about 70 percent of them are living in the community and 25% are living alone.  People with dementia can lead fulfilling lives when they are able to remain socially active in the community.  The availability of accessible transportation…

01 Nov 21

Can We Walk or Wheel There Yet? Examining the Progress (or lack thereof) in Planning for Accessible Pedestrian Infrastructure

Guest Blogger – Dr. Yochai Eisenberg is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Disability and Human Development and Great Lakes ADA Center researching barrier-removal planning and mobility among people with disabilities. Across the U.S, communities big and small are supporting walking and wheeling by constructing more accessible walking infrastructure….

24 May 21

Rightsizing Transportation Technology for Rural America

Guest blogger – Jana Lynott| AARP Public Policy Institute When it comes to technology, many rural transportation providers face a mismatch between their needs and what’s on the market today, particularly in terms of ride-scheduling software solutions. Software developers make assumptions about the agencies that will use their products, the services they provide, the availability of…

24 May 21

RideSheet: A Transportation Technology Solution for Rural America

Guest blogger – Jana Lynott| AARP Public Policy Institute Locals refer to Lake County, Oregon as the “rural outback.” This stunningly beautiful high desert location is known for cattle ranching, agriculture, timber production, and ample outdoor recreational opportunities. The county’s 8,100 residents are spread out across more than 8,200 square miles. In Lake County, transportation challenges…

27 Apr 21

Considerations in Reasonable Accommodations for Returning to Work

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit with its associated risks, along with guidance from health officials, employers set policies for temporary work-from-home options and virtual meetings. As the COVID-19 pandemic eases and employers consider returning most employees back to a centralized workplace, reasonable accommodation considerations under the ADA may arise. Who can receive a reasonable accommodation…