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Harness private sector innovation

The mobility market has seen major roles played by transportation network companies (TNCs) and other providers of mobility at different levels. It is important to engage these providers as partners in provision of accessible services and options. While they may not have an explicit business objective to do so, their role in the overall mobility picture is evident and growing-- and they need to become part of the solution.... more »

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Changes to Paratransit Services

The blind community has begun to advocate for alternative options to traditional forms of paratransit. Since the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, many things have changed and paratransit has numerous limitations. Many members of the American Council of the Blind would prefer an on-demand system for paratransit services. This would enable travelers to call the day-of to request a ride. Such... more »

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Leverage EXISTING Programs: Fund Coordinated Plans

Existing law (49 U.S.C. 5310, FTA Circular 9070.1) requires the development of "Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans" in order to be eligible for certain funding. Decades of studies (GAO, TRB/TCRP, etc) highlighted service duplication, inefficiencies, disorganization, poor service quality, gaps in service coverage, etc. These studies recommended, among other things, increased coordination which... more »

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Try Fewer Projects

Try spending more money on fewer projects that might need time to work. Funding anything and everything is rushing this process and able bodied become frustrated and lose interest. Try over funding one or two projects and exhaust their viability or change their model to work by learning for the current mistakes. Money is always the answer in all of these meetings and posts SO LETS TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE ARE SPENDING THIS... more »

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United Spinal Association

United Spinal salutes DOT's acknowledgment of what needs improved in public transit access in the above three major aspects of this goal, facilities, service and vehicles. Few can argue, these are the fundamentals of public transit. Yet, they are not static institutions. For mobility to grow, each of these must grow in step with advances in research, design and technology. In United Spinal's continual engagement with... more »

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Support Strategies for wayfinding and information Access

Technologies have become available to provide navigation information and on-demand access to visual information for people who are blind. These technologies are not yet widely deployed in transit settings, though they have the potential to greatly enhance access to transit facilities. DOT should support research to develop and validate effective and easy-to-use technologies to provide support for navigation/wayfinding... more »

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Creating a Mobility Management Infrastructure to Solve Mobility

A persistent problem for persons with disabilities is navigating the transportation options available to meet specific individual needs or, where none exists, to help create meaningful and efficient options. The same issue exists for human service programs, employers and a variety of other organizations needing mobility strategies and services to meet their mobility needs and those of their customers or members. Those... more »

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Will Micro Transit Help?

I'm excited about the option of micro-transit to help bring public transit to harder-to-serve areas, like neighborhoods with large yards (which typically don't have the density to support fixed-route service). However, it's imperative that any micro-transit is physically accessible.

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community members are needed to bridge the gaps

We need to look at ways to have community members be more involved in pooling the activities of transportation. We need a way to enter accessible vehicles with an inventory of community pooling fleets. With a program to financially benefit participants, we need to use technology to show routes available to people with disabilities based on routes taken by community members. We have a lot of vehicles around the marketplace... more »

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Light Rail Safety for the Mobility Challenged

Two years ago, my husband used a rollator to board a Metrorail train with me. I quickly attempted to fold it and place it between seats when the train took off immediately and my husband was knocked off his feet. To my horror and that of the other passengers, he fell. Thanks to his muscular, well-padded frame, he was uninjured. We haven't used Metrorail since.

It's not obvious where rollators should be stored during... more »

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On-Demand Rides Using Medicaid HCBS Funds

PWD need to have access to Uber/Lyft-like on-demand transportation (using privately owned vehicles POVs) that can be paid with Medicaid-funded HCBS waiver dollars using their smart phone. Currently, PWD can use an Uber/Lyft if they private pay; and, HCBS waivers often will pay for such on-demand rides but only if the person pays and then seeks reimbursement using a third party intermediary. (This is all very dependent... more »

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collaborate with potential state funding agencies

in every state, the state workforce agency and the Vocational Rehabilitation agency have funding to provide to eligible clients who are travelling in the community to access their work. Most regional transit agencies have a disability pass that reduces the cost of the fare but why not collaborate directly with these two agencies focused on work (one just for individuals with disabilities) and provide a VR or Workforce... more »

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Each Rider needs an account-based Mobility SNAP-like EBT card

If each rider had an account-based Mobility electronic balance transfer card, that card could be used on participating transit systems, micro transit, bikeshare, taxi and other ride providers. Monthly passes could be purchased on-line. Ride Subsidies from Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, and human service agencies could be loaded monthly (just as is done for food stamps on SNAP cards).

Since transit is morphing to intermodal... more »

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All facilities should be accessible

I don't think the goal should be "Increase the number of existing transit facilities that are accessible, while ensuring that all new facilities meet accessibility standards." The goal should be that all existing transit facilities are made accessible. Why is it ok that some facilities are not accessible?

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Safer, More Accessible Transit Vehicles

New buses and transit vehicles should include lifts that hold greater weights, clearer audible announcements for blind and visually impaired passengers and visual announcements for the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, new airflow and filtration systems that provide safety assurance for driver and passengers. USDOT should also make it clear that adequate heat in cold weather, and adequate cooling in hot weather are... more »

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