Mobility Management News: November 2020
Hello all, 

As we have all been made well aware of over the past year, the health of our communities is critically important to the well-being of our society. A large, but not often connected component of health and well-being, is transportation. The NCMM's new Health and Transportation Resource Center explores the intersection of transportation, health care, and public health in-depth. Pulling from NCMM literature, relevant news, and current reports, the resource center provides a starting point for those working around mobility management to learn more about how communities can best integrate mobility and health. It's valuable to know about the ways access to, and use of, certain transportation and mobility technologies can impact people's health - this resource center is a good introduction to them.

The NCMM is also excited to announce a new compilation of the ways transit systems can provide services addressing the health and well-being of their communities. These incidental uses, that go beyond traditional transit trips, show how important transit and mobility systems are in addressing the needs of their communities and how working with local organizations can further the reach of transit's offerings.

As this month draws to a close, consider the ways health and transportation interconnect in your community - and what you might be able to do to make sure all in your community are as healthy as they can be.

Take care of yourself and stay well,

Kirby Wilhelm
(202) 489-6020
Announcing NCMM's Health and Transportation Resource Center 
The NCMM's Health and Transportation Resource Center is live! The center focuses on the intersection of transportation, health care, public health, and social determinants of health - providing valuable resources on each topic and their intersections. Delve into each topic area in-depth by selecting one of three sections on the top of the resource center's home page: Public Health, Health Care, or Social Determinants. Each section introduces the subject area, providing directly connected news and resources. Additionally, you can dive into specific focus areas on the right- side of the home page, linking to various readings and recent news. Explore the new Health and Transportation Resource Center today!
NCMM Peer Exchange -One-Call/One-Click in Statewide/Regional Mobility Systems
On Dec. 11, NCMM will host a peer exchange on complex regional and statewide mobility systems currently operating or implementing one-call/one-click platforms. The discussion will focus on broad topics and issues, such as collecting and verifying transportation provider information, use of GTFS data sets/GIS platforms, garnering community and provider support, marketing the platforms, and increasing public and specialized transit ridership through the new platforms. Participants will hear about Virginia's Mobility for All grant among other statewide and regional initiatives. Please note that the peer exchange is by invitation only for those working in the non-profit realm and public transportation.

  • Reach out to NCMM staff member, Danny Drees to register.
Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Products Create Partnership Opportunities
Recently the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), supported by NCMM, hosted a Webinar providing an overview of its CCAM Report to the President. As part of the overview, FTA introduced the field to three important CCAM tools that can be useful to mobility management professionals and their networks:

  • CCAM Program Inventory: In total, the CCAM identified 130 Federal programs as of October 2019 that may fund human services transportation for the individuals with disabilities, older adults, and those with low income.

  • CCAM Federal Fund Braiding Guide: The Federal Fund Braiding Guide defines Federal fund braiding for local match and program eligibility to enable Federal agencies and grant recipients more effectively manage federal funds and coordinate human services transportation. Federal fund braiding for local match (or "Federal fund braiding") is when Federal funds from one grant program are used to fulfill the local match requirement of another Federal grant. Federal fund braiding can be especially beneficial for grantees that have difficulty acquiring match funds for transportation projects. 

  • CCAM Cost-Sharing Policy Statement: The FAST Act required the CCAM to create a cost-sharing policy with a nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) component. The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Transportation, and Department of Veterans Affairs worked together to develop the CCAM Cost-Sharing Policy Statement, which was later endorsed by all 11 CCAM agencies. 

NCMM is helping the field use these tools to advance coordination and mobility management. Contact your regional liaison for technical assistance support. 
Incidental Uses of Transit Vehicles during the
COVID-19 Pandemic with CCAM Partners
The Federal Transit Administration and NCMM have compiled examples of how transit agencies are partnering to respond to identified community needs during the pandemic. The location of the incidental use, agency and partners, activities conducted, and other information are displayed in a table on the NCMM website. This table provides a good overview of the ways transit agencies have pivoted to new and innovative services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobility Management Connections' Conversation 
NCMM hosted its second Mobility Management Connections Conversations meeting via Zoom on Oct. 13. The meeting featured Chris Blankenship and Katherine Newman from the Virginia Association of Mobility Managers, who discussed how they built mobility management networks within their state and offered lessons for mobility managers looking to complete similar efforts in their own states. A breakout into smaller virtual rooms with dedicated topics occurred. Breakout rooms included: vehicle coordination, funding, partnerships, volunteer drivers, outreach, and innovation. 
The 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 access the archived conversation here
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 [email protected] with the description attached as a PDF.
Fast Links to NCMM Resources

  • Technology Assistance: Contact NCMM's technologist, Kevin Chambers, at [email protected].
Partner News
APTA Innovations in Mobility Webinar Series:
Capital Metro in Austin, Texas
On Dec. 3, APTA will host its Innovations in Mobility Webinar series with Capital Metro in Austin, Texas, to highlight their recently integrated bikeshare and transit systems. Sign-up information will go live here soon.
N-CATT - New Publications
The National Center for Applied Transit Technology has released a new best practices guide on transit technology and two new white papers on subjects pertaining to zero-emission vehicles. You can find them below.

TP4A's Inclusive Planning Guide is Live
Transit Planning 4 All's updated Inclusive Planning Guide is live on the new TP4A website. This step-by-step guide can help you and your organization better include older adults and people with disabilities in the transportation planning process. Work your way from the start or jump around the five planning phases.

You can view the Inclusive Planning Guide here as well as other inclusive transportation resources on the TP4A website.
SUMC's New Mobility on Demand Learning Center: Shared Mobility Funding Strategies Learning Module
The Shared Use Mobility Center has shared a new learning module focused on shared mobility funding strategies. The module provides pilot project examples, to explore potential funding options available for shared mobility projects, both traditional and more innovative programs and strategies.

Transportation Research Board - Emerging Mobility Systems and Services Seminar Series (EM4S)
Every Thursday at 10 a.m. EST, the TRB will be virtually hosting a scholar 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, find out more on our Grant page.

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