The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced $3.5 million in grants for 17 projects in 16 states to improve mobility and access to public transportation for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals of low income.
The funding is provided through FTA’s Mobility for All Pilot Program. This funding opportunity was announced as part of an Access and Mobility for All Summit held in October 2019 at the U.S. DOT, where a number of new initiatives to improve access to transportation were announced.
"FTA is committed to improving access and mobility for all Americans, especially as we work to address the impacts of COVID-19," FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a statement. "Through improved coordination of transportation services and enhanced partnerships, these projects will provide more efficient service to people in rural and small urban areas and individuals affected by healthcare challenges such as the opioid epidemic, veterans, and Medicaid recipients."
FTA says its Mobility for All Pilot Program seeks to improve mobility options through employing innovative coordination of transportation strategies and building partnerships to enhance mobility and access to vital community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people of low income.
Selected projects support coordination among programs funded by the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), an interagency partnership which includes representatives from U.S. DOT and 10 other federal agencies to coordinate efforts and improve the quality, efficiency, and availability of transportation services for targeted populations.
Examples of projects selected to receive funding through FTA’s Mobility for All Pilot Program include:
- The Flint Mass Transportation Authority will receive funding to expand its on-demand transportation program with new partner agencies and clients, specifically veterans and individuals with substance use disorders living in Flint and Genesee County's rural communities who travel long distances to healthcare facilities.
- The Maine DOT will receive funding for a pilot project to expand on-demand bus service in Aroostook County and the rural Presque Isle area to daily fixed route bus service. The project will utilize enhanced technology to fill gaps in service and improve access and mobility for older adults and individuals with disabilities in northern Maine.
- The North Carolina DOT will receive funding for trip scheduling software that will create a more efficient point of entry to connect underserved populations, including people seeking substance abuse treatment, with transportation services in rural northeastern North Carolina.
SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration