Complete trips for all means accessible travel for everyone, everywhere, anytime. What innovations and new solutions in mobility services do you feel hold the most promise for increasing accessible transportation?
What does an automated future that improves mobility for people with disabilities look like to you? What research do you think might help achieve this future?
In addition to innovation and benefits, we also need to be aware of barriers and what we are doing to overcome those challenges. What transportation barriers have you found most impact your network, and can you share with us a transportation coordination success story or promising practice your agency would like to see replicated?
What R&D Projects currently underway are potentially scaleable to serve the Older Adult population? Provide timelines for potential implementation and what level(s) of government would be involved and or the private sector.
I have MD and use a power wheelchair. I used zero-effort van mods and drove for 10 years. Due to mechanical design they were only able to modify full-size Ford vans.
Auto manufacturers NEED to have conversations with adaptive equipment designs so that there is more compatibility between the two.
In funding priorities, do Federal agencies have any plans to encourage applicants to demonstrate how they are coordinating their work with other agencies? For instance, could a requirement in a grant application from USDA or HUD be to partner with DOT stakeholders? this would encourage coordination/collaboration at the state and local levels.
Let's start by defining the Complete Trip. “Complete Trip” means that a user can get from point A to point B seamlessly and efficiently, regardless of the number of modes, transfers, and connections. With a complete trip, each step in travel is fully accessible; the planning, the navigation, the use of each mode, any transfers, and safe arrival both to the destination and back. What does a Complete Trip mean to your organization?... more »
From your organization’s perspective, what can the automated vehicle (AV) industry do to make their vehicles and transportation services accessible to all users?
Let’s start with the importance of transportation: It connects Americans to their communities leading to the stimulation of economic opportunity and individual growth. What innovations has your agency undertaken to enable interagency coordination and promote more efficient transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people of low income?
The challenges related to interagency alignment of transportation policy are not unique to the United States. Has your agency looked at case studies of how peer countries govern human service transportation effectively across federal agencies?
Transit relies on extensive information that has been difficult to make efficiently available to individuals with impaired vision or other disabilities. Yet, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires transit providers to ensure that passengers can access and use their systems. Technologies that use automated systems and on-demand remote assistance are now available to provide real-time access to information like location... more »
With accessibility in rural areas a priority for this Administration, the importance of Medicaid-supported Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) trips as a match for federal Section 5311 rural transit funding is not well-understood beyond the transit industry. It's only more urgent as waivers for states to avoid supporting NEMT service altogether have been considered. How can we ensure this essential program continues... more »
While the allure of autonomous vehicle technologies is understandable, transit providers are coping with the challenge of finding enough operators to provide existing service while also offering the kind of customer-focused, supportive service that defines the industry. How does the role of on-personnel adapt to increasingly autonomous vehicles in terms of providing care riders need to navigate these vehicles considering... more »
There are a number of platforms that can currently ingest accessibility information (for mobility needs) from GTFS and other formats and return users with accessible trip plans. However these platforms are hampered because few agencies publish this information, and they treat access as all or nothing based solely on wheeled mobility devices - either you can access a station or vehicle or you cannot - when the lived experience... more »
How can your agency help ensure that the various interfaces and platforms connected to AV will be designed with inclusion and accessibility in mind so that all PWD are able to use them? Who might you work with to make this happen?