Featured NADTC Resources
Recording Available: Providing Transportation to Older Adults with Vision Loss: Challenges and Opportunities

Our Providing Transportation to Older Adults with Vision Loss: Challenges and Opportunities webinar, held on March 24, explored the transportation challenges experienced by older adults with vision loss and good practices in better meeting their travel needs. This webinar featured Denise Jess, Executive Director of the WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired and Pete Benavidez, President/CEO of Riverside, CA Blindness Support Services, Inc. In case you missed this webinar, you can access the materials and recording on our website.
Blog: Do You Want to Tackle Transportation Coordination? Then Tackle TACL!
NADTC's latest blog post spotlights the Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL). TACL provides a sustainable methodology and platform for access and findability of rural and tribal transit coordination resources of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and its transportation technical assistance centers:

  • National Aging & Disability Transportation Center NADTC
  • National Center for Applied Transit Technology N-CATT
  • National Center for Mobility Management NCMM
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program National RTAP
  • Shared Use Mobility Center SUMC
  • *new* Transportation Workforce Center TWC  
NADTC Report Spotlight
Best Practices Compendium
In the coming months, NADTC will highlight one of the best practices featured in the Best Practices Compendium, all of which are based on the work of grant projects supported by NADTC from 2017-2019.

This month's Best Practice Showcase, Coordination in Transportation Programs, offers lessons learned and examples from the field of communities that have brought together multiple partners to better meet the mobility needs of older adults and people with disabilities through coordination. 
2021 Section 5310 Spotlight

Each month, NADTC will highlight one informational brief that is featured in the 2021 FTA Section 5310 Compendium. This publication showcases the various uses of FTA Section 5310 Funding, including examples implemented by human services agencies and transportation programs across the United States.

April's spotlight, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements for Section 5310 Recipients, reviews the required elements that transportation agencies must abide by when using Section 5310 funding for their daily operations. Topics include wheelchair securement, personal care attendants, service animals and more.
2021 Trends Report
In February 2022, NADTC published its Annual Trends Report that reviews trending topics in transportation from 2021. The Trends Report provides an overview of what’s happening in the industry and important transportation issues in communities across the U.S. This month, we are going beyond bus travel, and focusing on the barriers to walking and rolling.

April's spotlight, Overcoming Barriers to Walking or Rolling, emphasizes that transportation is more than getting from one location to another, while using a bus or personal vehicle. The full journey includes an accessible path of travel for riders to safely navigate to the bus stop and around their communities. This Trends Report highlights several key elements that communities can focus on to enhance the walkability and rollability for all users of transportation.
FTA Announcements
Job Announcement: Program Analyst
This position is located in the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Office of Program Management, Office of Transit Programs. The office is responsible for administering national capital and operating assistance programs for funding public transportation systems and other specialized transportation services. The Program Analyst will assist in the development, implementation, analysis, and oversight of these programs.

Please visit USA Jobs for more information, the job posting closes May 5, 2022.
FY2022 FTA Funding Levels Released
On April 6, 2022, the U.S. DOT announced the release of its 2022 full-year funding tables. These tables represent a historic investment of more than $20 billion of investment to transit agencies and communities to support public transportation. The full-year apportionment amounts that support FTA’s competitive and formula programs increases funding for many programs, including:

The funding tables allow transit agencies and grant recipients to view the allocation for programs, allowing them to better plan and manage new or expanded transit projects that benefit their communities.
Federal Mask Mandate Overturned
Effective April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Executive Order, originally issued on January 29, 2021, requiring face masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs, will no longer be enforced. In addition, the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) will no longer enforce face coverings within airports and on commercial air travel. For more information, please visit FTA's website.
Coordination with Human Services Organizations and National Transit Database Reporting
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has posted guidance clarification on coordination, which can be found on the new Transportation Coordination webpage. The purpose of the FTA Transportation Coordination Guidance is to reduce overlap between the 130 CCAM programs across 9 federal agencies that may fund human services transportation and incentivize collaboration.

This guidance clarifies eligible reporting into the National Transit Database (NTD), and addresses the following topics as they relate to NTD reporting: 

  • Definition of Public Transportation
  • Paratransit
  • Charter Service
  • Incidental Use of Transit Assets
  • Trip Brokering

The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) is a federal interagency council that works to coordinate funding for human services transportation, with a primary focus on people with disabilities, older adults and individuals of low income. In recent years, CCAM has developed a Federal Fund Braiding Guide to highlight ways federally funded programs can be used to enhance transportation-related projects.
Partner Resources
Cybersecurity Resources for Transit Agencies
More than ever, transportation systems are connected through technology, making their daily operations and rider information vulnerable to potential threats. Cybersecurity can be overwhelming, but there are available resources to assist transit agencies, no matter how large or small the operation might be.

FTA has aggregated and published Cybersecurity Resources to support transit agencies during a time of unprecedented ransomware attacks that target the transportation sector. Systems of all sizes must be diligent with cybersecurity to protect themselves and the privacy of their riders.

FTA and DHS guidance on funding to support cybersecurity activities can be found on their website, as well as resources from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) among others. In addition, emergency preparedness activities as well as free training opportunities are highlighted.
Introducing the Transit Workforce Center!
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched a new national technical assistance center to help transit agencies recruit, hire, train and retain a diverse workforce. The Transit Workforce Center (TWC) will provide technical assistance activities and resources to help address the transit worker shortage for all modes of public transit across urban, tribal, and rural entities. With a strong focus on frontline transit worker skill development, the TWC will work to improve diversity and equity in the transit industry workforce. The TWC will also assist transit agencies as they transition to new, climate-friendly technologies, such as low and no emission vehicles, transit automation, and new service models.

TWC, along with FTA and leading experts, will host a webinar on April 27 at 3 PM EST, highlighting best practices in Transit Strategic Workforce Planning. To learn more about TWC and to register for the upcoming webinar, click here!
Nominate an Organization for the John A. Hartford Foundation's 2022 Business Innovation Award!
Do you know an Area Agency on Aging who has strategic partnerships with health care entities to serve older adults and people with disabilities? If so, consider nominating them for The John A. Hartford Foundation 2022 Business Innovation Award, presented in partnership with the Aging and Disability Business Institute. Recipients will be announced and recognized at USAging's Annual Conference and Tradeshow, held July 10-13 in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about this opportunity, and to review past recipients, visit their website by clicking here! Please submit your nominations by Friday, May 6, 2022.
Upcoming Events
Happy 10th Anniversary ACL!
Established April 18, 2012, the Administration on Community Living (ACL) has been bringing together aging and disability networks to form successful partnerships to enhance the livelihood of people with disabilities and older adults to become independent and fully participate in their communities. Over the years, ACL has supported the work of both NADTC and the Transit Planning for All projects, which work with communities and transportation programs across the country to increase the meaningful involvement of older adults and people with disabilities in transportation planning - and for that, we are grateful!

Please join ACL on April 26 at 1 PM EST, to hear from its original founders on their early accomplishments and how those partnerships built a strong foundation for community living. The webinar will conclude with a panel of community providers who have been successful in building partnerships and collaboration. Registration is not required, visit their website for more information and a link to join the livestream.
May is Older Americans Month!
Older Americans Month is a time to recognize the contributions of older adults across the nation. Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2022 is "Age My Way,” a time to explore the many ways older adults can live independently and stay connected to their communities.

To help communities celebrate this annual event, please visit the OAM website for materials, resources, and activity ideas, and visit NADTC’s website for information on how transportation programs can help support older adults aging in place.

To promote OAM on social media use #OlderAmericansMonth and #AgeMyWay
Transit Planning for All: Virtual Roundtables
Monday, May 16 | 2 - 3 PM EST | virtual
Over the past decade, Transit Planning 4 All has promoted the development and dissemination of best practices in transit planning inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults. A major component of these efforts is funding a series of demonstration projects, each seeking to increase inclusion in transportation planning. Transit Planning 4 All is launching an online roundtable series with representatives from these demonstration projects to discuss the lessons learned to date.

Join us May 16, for Lessons Learned on Partnerships for Inclusive Transportation Planning, to learn how to develop diverse and effective partnerships for inclusive transit planning. As the VP for Public Affairs at Easterseals Massachusetts,
Joe Bellil has built and led a strong partnership that has been highly engaged with transportation agencies and officials in central Massachusetts on planning efforts, to improve the availability of transportation for people with disabilities and older adults. Jaime McKay is the Deputy Director for the Transit Services Division for Frederick County (MD), and has led efforts to improve inclusive transit planning through stronger partnerships with older adults and the disability community. During the roundtable, both speakers will discuss their experiences, successes, challenges, and lessons learned in partnering for inclusive planning. The roundtable will include time for audience questions and dialogue.

To learn more and register for this roundtable, please click here!

Join TP4A in future Lessons Learned Roundtables (dates to be announced):
  • Communication for Inclusive Transportation Planning
  • Engagement Strategies for Inclusive Transportation Planning
  • Measuring Success for Inclusive Transportation Planning
Funding Opportunities
U.S. DOT Infrastructure Law Aims to Boost Transportation Funding over the Next 5 Years
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently published several funding opportunities as part of the new Infrastructure Bill. Below are two competitive grant funding programs currently available:

Bus and Bus Facilities Program makes $372 million in competitive funding available for transit agencies to purchase and rehabilitate buses, vans, or related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities. This FY2022 funding opportunity also includes $1.1 billion under the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program. These funds may be used by transit agencies to modernize bus fleets and bus facilities and to purchase/lease low- or no-emission vehicles which assist to improve air quality and combate climate change. Both applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022.
DHHS to Provide $10 Million to Strengthen its Money Follows the Person Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of more than $110 million to expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS) through Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) makes individual awards of up to $5 million available for more than 20 states and territories not currently participating in MFP. These funds will support initial planning and implementation to get the state/territory programs off the ground, which will ensure more people with Medicaid can receive high-quality, cost-effective, person-centered services in a setting they choose.

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by May 31, 2022.
NADTC Information and Referral Services
NADTC Technical Assistance Specialists are here to assist you and answer your questions about a variety of topics related to transportation for older adults and people with disabilities, ADA-accessible services and related issues. Call us at 866.983.32220 or email us at contact@nadtc.org to start a conversation today.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center 
 Washington, DC 
contact@nadtc.org | 866.983.3222 
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is a program funded by the Federal Transit Administration and administered by USAging and Easterseals with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.