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 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?
I represent the National MS Society and we hear from our activists that to make air travel truly accessible that they need to be able to travel in their own wheelchair when on the aircraft. How can we make air travel more accessible for those who need to be in their own wheelchair?
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?
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?
Innovative and high-tech mobility options work better when there is a complete and accessible sidewalk network to get to them. Who is making sure that the old-fashioned sidewalk is not being neglected while we chase after the latest shiny object?
States play a major role of implementing public transit and health and human transportation. Why can the VA or Medicaid implement a program that includes transportation without any coordination, planning, or discussion with the state transportation professionals, State DOTs?
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.