Transportation: Improved Coordination of Human Services with Transportation Systems
The Administration for Community Living (ACL), as part of its broader mission to maximize health, well-being, and independence for people with disabilities and older adults, has partnered with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to improve and enhance the coordination of Federal resources for human services transportation. The Office on Disability and the Administration on Aging, now both part of ACL, have been active partners with United We Ride since its inception and particularly the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination.
Through ACL and FTA’s collaborative efforts in United We Ride, guidance is available on cross agency federal match. To maximize flexibility of funding and to enhance services to older adults, Older Americans Act (OAA) grantees have the option to use Title III B funds to meet the match requirements for programs administered by FTA. With this option, the Aging Network is afforded additional opportunities to better meet local transportation needs and further the goals of United We Ride, including providing more rides for the same or fewer assets, facilitating access to services and increasing customer satisfaction. For more information on using OAA funds to match FTA funds, view Administration on Aging Transportation Frequently Asked Questions.
ACL also seeks to continue collaboration with federal and national partners to promote mobility and coordinated transportation while actively working for the inclusion of older adults and people with disabilities in the transportation planning process. The ACL also seeks to promote other collaborative efforts, such as the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, which supports funding for 64 projects in 33 states to improve access to local transportation for veterans and their families, wounded warriors and other military personnel, helping them find affordable rides to work, school, shopping, medical care and other destinations in their communities. Furthermore, ACL seeks to support local efforts, such as Aging and Disability Resource Centers, as they work with all riders to improve transportation options.
To meet the goal of active inclusion, ACL in partnership with FTA has entered into a new collaboration through a cooperative agreement with the Community Transportation Association of America to increase involvement of people with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and older adults in ways to design and implement coordinated transportation systems that are responsive to the needs of all riders. Find out more information about the Transportation Research & Demonstration Program.