USDOT announces nearly $50M to improve access, mobility

Posted on October 31, 2019

The USDOT and 10 other federal agencies also approved the strategic plan for the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility.
Larry Levine
The USDOT and 10 other federal agencies also approved the strategic plan for the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility.Larry Levine

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced nearly $50 million in new initiatives to expand access to transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income at the “Access and Mobility for All Summit.”

At the event, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced her intent to fund the new programs to develop and deploy innovations in technology and further interagency partnerships to improve mobility.

The USDOT assembled leaders from industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions focused on interagency coordination, advanced vehicle technologies, and innovations in mobility services.

“We are focused on streamlining the multiple steps involved in traveling between locations into a smooth and seamless trip,” said Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams, who moderated a panel.

As part of her keynote address, Chao announced:

  • A planned Complete Trip Deployment solicitation, which will make up to $40 million available to enable communities to showcase innovative business partnerships, technologies, and practices that promote independent mobility for all. “Complete Trip” means that a user can get from point A to point B seamlessly, regardless of the number of modes, transfers, and connections.
  • A planned Inclusive Design Challenge, which will make up to $5 million in cash prizes available to innovators who design solutions to enable accessible automated vehicles. USDOT aims to increase availability and decrease cost of aftermarket modifiers that improve accessibility of vehicles today and spark development for future automated vehicles.
  • A Notice of Funding Opportunity for FTA’s FY 2020 Mobility for All Pilot Program. The program seeks to improve mobility options and access to community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low incomes. The $3.5 million initiative will fund projects that enhance transportation connections to jobs, education, and health services.

The USDOT and 10 other federal agencies also approved the strategic plan for the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), an interagency partnership to coordinate the efforts of federal agencies funding transportation services for targeted populations. The strategic plan includes goals to improve access to jobs, health care, education, and community services by eliminating government duplication of services, reducing regulatory burden, increasing access to cost-effective transportation services, and ensuring that transportation services are centered on the citizens who depend on them as a lifeline to community participation. The strategic plan will help provide better transportation outcomes through the coordination of more than 130 government-wide programs.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Flint MTA's Rides to Wellness service increases ridership by 64%

The on-demand service offers same-day service, provided within a goal of 30 minutes.

MV lands Sun Metro paratransit contract

The company will be responsible for operations, maintenance, reservations, customer service, and rider eligibility certification within the LIFT system.

PSTA's Lyft partnership hits 10K rides milestone

The service is tailored for those who because of their disability, are unable to independently use the regular, accessible PSTA buses.

Q'STRAINT/Sure-Lok names inaugural Q'MANITARIAN award

Dan Allison works with mobility passengers to train them on how to safely and properly operate or ride in a vehicle with their device

Fla.'s JTA testing ADA-accessible autonomous shuttle

The agency welcomed officials and disability advocate groups to experience the shuttle and to provide feedback.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation