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ACL Transportation Research & Demonstration Program

In 2012, ACL in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), developed and awarded a new cooperative agreement entitled, Research and Demonstration Program to Improve Coordinated Transportation Systems for People with Disabilities and Older Adults.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of this program is to identify proven models and approaches that can be used by states and communities across the country to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in the design and implementation of coordinated transportation systems in ways that successfully make those systems responsive to the needs of these populations.

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Objectives of the Program

The Administration for Community Living in collaboration with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), of Washington, DC along with Easter Seals, the National Association of Area Agencies for Aging, and Westat will work to meet the following objectives:

  • Establish partnerships, for the purpose of receiving advice on all aspects of the project, with key national organizations and individuals with expertise planning and developing coordinated transportation systems with demonstrated experience empowering people with disabilities and older adults to improve systems
  • Conduct an environmental scan to identify current best practices from across the country where persons with disabilities and older adults have been actively engaged in the planning, development, and implementation of coordinated transportation systems that have successfully made those systems and projects responsive to the needs of these populations
  • Develop a National Knowledge Sharing Network of local/regional/state model projects and national experts to serves as a resource for communities across the nation interested in replicating the best practices and testing new approaches to achieving the goal of this project
  • Design and commence implementation of a “Small Grants” Demonstration Program to community organizations. The purpose of the Small Grants Demonstration Program is to test the replication of proven best practices as well as new models and approaches to successfully empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in the planning and implementation of coordinated transportation systems that are responsive to the needs of people with disabilities and older adults,
  • Develop a detailed evaluation program for use in tracking and measuring the progress and success of the demonstration projects
  • Complete a review of the demonstration projects and disseminate information about best practices.

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Program Activity

The Small Grants Demonstration Program is underway. Seventeen communities received Round I Grants to engage people with disabilities and older people in the development and/or on-going operation of the community transportation system. Communities receiving Round I Grants asked people with disabilities and older people for their ideas on how the transportation systems can be improved.

On February 3, 2014 seven (7) communities received Round II Grants. These communities received funding to implement the ideas and suggestions they heard from the people with disabilities and older people in Round I. Find a list of communities receiving Round II Grants and brief description of their activities.

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Other Resources

Other information and resources related to ACL’s transportation efforts can be found on the following websites of partner organizations:

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Last Modified: 6/24/2015