Mobility Management News: August 2020
Hello all, 

As readers of this newsletter know, mobility management is an ever-changing field. Especially with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, mobility management professionals are calling upon their creativity and local and regional connections to find new ways to support their communities. If you have a story to share about how your role has changed, please send it along and we will post it in Mobility Lines, NCMM's blog.

Especially given all the change, not only related to COVID-19, but also with the rapid new developments in technology that enable new types of transportation services, staying current with happenings within mobility and transportation is important. With our new and improved Daily News section, you can find timely, relevant news sorted by topic and date - along with a short summary of the linked article. For example, a search on the term "on-demand" turns up seven articles on new on-demand services since this newsletter was last published.

In other exciting news, NCMM is now calling for applications for its 2020 Ready-to-Launch Grant opportunity. If your community team has a tested, innovative transportation solution focused on low-income individuals, discovered through the human-centered design process, this grant can help you continue to test and tweak that idea through a pilot launch. Continue below for more information. 

Additionally, if you'd like to share the description of your work in mobility management, the NCMM is looking for you to submit your job descriptions for posting on our website. More information can be found below.
Enjoy your upcoming weekend,

Kirby Wilhelm
(202) 489-6020
Request for Proposals for NCMM 2020
Ready-to-Launch Grants
NCMM has released the RFP for its newest iteration of pilot grants! If your community-based team has developed an innovative transportation solution focused on allowing low-income residents to improve their ability to be more fully engaged in economic opportunities, improve their health and well-being, and/or become more integrated into their community, consider applying. This grant of up to $75,000 can fund the pilot phase of the solution. Applicants should have used the human-centered design process in the solution's development and testing, along with a detailed operation plan.  

Questions regarding the RFP are due by Sep. 11 at 11:59 p.m., EDT and applications are due by Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m., EDT. You can find out more information about the grant on our webpage.

Call for Mobility Management Job Descriptions
If you are functioning as a mobility management professional, regardless of your job title, we're asking you to share your job description. NCMM currently keeps a compilation of job descriptions of mobility management practitioners on its website and would like to update it. These postings help to suggest requirements for future mobility management jobs, as well as help determine the various responsibilities of those in working in the realm of mobility management. 

If you'd like to share a mobility management job description, please email Kirby Wilhelm at with the description attached as a PDF.
Mobility Management Connections' Conversation Held Aug. 13, 2020
One part of NCMM's Mobility Management Connections (MMC) networking and mentoring platform is its "MMC Conversations." This is an informal forum for mobility management practitioners to share, connect, and learn from their peers across the United States. 

This first iteration of MMC Conversations centered around the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility management, new roles of mobility management practitioners, and how mobility management professionals are meeting the needs of our communities. You can watch the archived conversation here. Stay tuned for details about the next meeting. We hope to meet again sometime in late October.
Integrating Emergency Management and
Mobility Management Report
In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, NCMM heard from several mobility managers around the country about the need to better respond in emergency scenarios. This led to the creation of NCMM's Integrating Emergency Management and Mobility Management report, which explores emergency management concepts, synergies with mobility management, and potential strategies for mobility management professionals looking to partner with emergency managers. NCMM staff researched and interviewed stakeholders from around the country to share five case studies of programs that showcase the promise of partnerships with emergency management professionals. 

NCMM is still seeking additional examples and case studies for the report. Examples can include new partnerships between mobility professionals and emergency managers to prepare and respond to, recover from, and mitigate future mobility challenges resulting from natural or man-made disasters and emergencies. Please share your practices with Jerom Theunissen, NCMM Project Associate at
NCMM's One-Call/One-Click Virtual Training 
NCMM is pleased to announce that the following three communities have been selected for its virtual One-Call/One-Click training. This highly interactive training will bring the chosen communities further toward their goal of establishing and/or expanding a one-call and/or one-click service. Congratulations to the Utah Transit Authority, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association, and the Northwest Regional Development Commission in Minnesota. The training will be conducted by NCMM's consultant, Civic Sphere.
Mobility Management Forum Cancelled for 2020
The NCMM Mobility Management Forum, taking place during the Community Transportation Association of America's annual EXPO, has been cancelled, as has the entire EXPO. With input from the Virginia Association of Mobility Managers, we will regroup for an exciting Forum during the next CTAA EXPO, June 13-17, 2021 in Richmond, Va. 
Fast Links to NCMM Resources

Partner News
CTAA's Trauma Informed Training 
A new e-learning course from CTAA has recently launched. "Understanding Passengers Who Have Experienced Trauma" was created for public transportation, NEMT, specialized transportation, and other drivers who interact with the general public on a daily basis. Its purpose is to educate drivers on the impacts that past traumatic events can have on individuals and how those impacts may play out in a transportation setting. 

You can take this free course here and can access CTAA's full suite of online courses at their Online Training Center.
Transit Planning 4 All's New & Improved Website
Transit Planning 4 All's new and improved website is now live! The site serves as the destination for all things related to inclusive transportation planning. Explore TP4A grantees and their work furthering inclusiveness, access inclusive transportation planning resources like webinars, briefs, news & toolkits, and stay up-to-date on TP4A project developments. Of note is TP4A's updated Inclusive Planning Guide. The guide is a brief step-by-step introduction to the inclusive planning process which users can explore at their own pace, built from the knowledge and experience gained from TP4A's sponsored local projects. 

To visit the site, head here.
Transportation Research Board - Emerging Mobility Systems and Services Seminar Series (EM4S)
Every Thursday at 10 a.m. EST, the TRB will be hosting a scholar virtually to share their high-quality research in this field. The series features a broad topic coverage from planning, behaviors to operations, and intends to engage audiences both within and beyond the transportation community. Thirty minutes of in-depth and inclusive discussions between the speaker and audiences will follow. To register and find out more information, visit the Emerging Mobility Systems and Services website.
Funding Opportunities
In addition to the opportunities listed below, see more here.

Deadline: Aug. 31
Focus: Projects that advance economic opportunity among low-income older adults

Deadline: Sep. 11
Focus: Cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements designed to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health

Deadline: Oct. 6
Focus: Innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services.

About Mobility Management News
Mobility Management News is the newsletter of the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), which is operated jointly by the Community Transportation Association, the American Public Transportation Association and Easter Seals under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration.
Kirby Wilhelm