Featured NADTC Resources
Blog: E-Bikes Increase Mobility Access for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

NADTC's latest blog post discusses the work of Shared Mobility Inc. (SMI) to establish E-Bike Libraries, programs that give community members free access to electric-assist bikes to improve their personal mobility and quality of life. The blog highlights how SMI partnered with two local community-based organizations to organize E-Bike Library pilots to provide free access to e-bikes for group rides, personal recreation, and to enhance their own personal mobility.
New Report: 2021 FTA Section 5310 Compendium
NADTC has released the 2021 FTA Section 5310 Compendium, which is a collection of informational briefs highlighting the various uses of FTA Section 5310 Funding, including examples implemented by human services agencies and transportation programs across the United States.

The 2021 topics include:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements for Section 5310 Recipients
  • Area Agencies on Aging and Section 5310 Funding
  • Mobility Management and FTA Section 5310
  • Making 5310 Funding Work for Transportation DEI Efforts
  • Section 5310 and Cycling Without Age Program
  • Travel Training Instruction under FTA Section 5310
  • Volunteer Driver Programs and the Use of Section 5310 Funding

Each report addresses one of the above topics and includes a summary of the major challenges and opportunities, highlights one or more case examples from local agencies, and provides additional resources and information on the topic. In the following months, NADTC will provide individual spotlights on each topic.
Lunch & Learn Series: Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Our Transportation DEI Lunch and Learn webinar, held on February 23, featured Tomika Monterville, Director of Transportation, The City of San Antonio, who discussed the significant equity impacts of transportation planning and programming, highlighting the work San Antonio is doing to improve transportation access for diverse communities. In case you missed this webinar, you can access the materials and recording on our website.

Lunch and Learn sessions are designed to be brief informational webinars that allow participants to learn about promising practices in transportation equity. 
NADTC News & Events
Webinar: Providing Transportation to Older Adults with Vision Loss: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, March 24 | 2-3 PM EST | Virtual

Join us for an exploration of the transportation challenges experienced by older adults with vision loss and good practices in better meeting their travel needs. We will hear from two experts in the vision loss arena:
  • Denise Jess, Executive Director of the WI Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired advocates at the national, state and local levels and has served as co-chair of the WI Non-Driver Advisory Committee and the Madison Metro Transit Re-Design Taskforce.
  • Pete Benavidez, President/CEO of Riverside, CA Blindness Support Services, Inc. has served on the Citizens Advisory Committee, Riverside Transportation Commission and has also worked on housing and mental health issues.  
New Online Course: Building Skills for Successful Transportation Program Delivery

NADTC's newest virtual course, Building Skills for Successful Transportation Program Delivery, aims to improve skills needed to develop accessible materials and collect data from surveys and other available tools for your transportation program. You will learn how to use that data to engage the community to improve services ensuring customers' needs are being met.
Each of the four modules is designed for participants to build skills from one session to the next, learning directly from industry leaders who will present examples from the filed.

  • Creating Accessible Documents | April 13, 2-3:30 PM EST
  • Developing Effective Surveys | April 20, 2-3:30 PM EST
  • Using Data to Enhance Services | April 27, 2-3:30 PM EST
  • How to Meet the Needs of Your Community | May 4, 2-3:30 PM EST

This live course is open to public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers, city/county employees and anyone involved in the development of materials and engagement of the community for the use of their transportation programs. Click here to register and learn more about this new opportunity!
Congratulations Heather Edmonds and Jane Mahoney!
Facilitated by the Great Plains ADA Center and Accredited by the University of Missouri, the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) provides foundational knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This complex civil rights law protects and prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, allowing for equal access to public amenities and services, like public transportation.

During the past year, Heather and Jane have each completed their required coursework and successfully passed the final exam to become a Certified ADA Coordinator. This required certification allows NADTC staff to provide top-notch technical assistance and guidance to older adults and people with disabilities, ensuring transportation programs are accessible for all users.
NADTC Report Spotlight
Best Practice Showcase
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, Expanding Transportation Programs to Evening/Weekend Hours, illustrates how one program, Senior Transportation Connection (STC), first built a solid weekday ridership base before expanding to nights and weekends. Since the expanded hours of operation depended on income from fares, STC listened to riders and partners to ensure affordability of the rides for those who most needed the service. 
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 focusing on marketing your transportation program.

March's Spotlight highlights the findings of two national surveys conducted by NADTC, reviewing the data and information on current research findings, also including marketing strategies and recommendations for addressing the transportation needs across the United States.
FTA Announcements
2020 Census: Resources and Information
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched a new webpage dedicated to resources and information regarding 2020 Census data. FTA bases its annual transit formula funding apportionments using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, which is updated and published every ten years. Changes in population growth, especially within urbanized areas, can have substantial impacts on FTA grantees, or even create the need for new grantees. This webpage contains previously recorded webinars, FAQs and will be updated regularly throughout 2022 with new data and information.
U.S. DOT Infrastructure Law Boosts Transit Funding by
$10 Billion over the Next 5 Years
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), for available funding on four competitive grant programs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a NOFO for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. RAISE grants, which were originally created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as TIGER grants, can be used to repair or modernize transit infrastructure. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5:00 PM EST on April 14, 2022.

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 combatting climate change. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM EST on May 21, 2022.

Tribal Transit Program makes $8.75 million available in competitive funding to support public transportation services for federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities in rural areas. FTA will facilitate an informational webinar on March 24 at 2 pm EST, covering project eligibility, evaluation criteria and program requirements. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM EST, May 25.
Upcoming Events
National Public Health Week: April 4-10
The 2022 National Public Health Week campaign focuses on addressing health disparities amongst individuals with disabilities by promoting accessibility. According to the American Public Health Association, over 37% of adults with disabilities have been unable to access primary and regular preventive care because of cost, leading to delays in care that put people with disabilities at greater risk of health complications. Accessible transportation is one of the key components to ensuring everyone has access to the health care they need. 
National Retirement Planning Week: April 13-17

National Retirement Planning Week is April 13-17, 2022. According to FINRA, a financial not-for-profit, there is an urgent need for retirement planning to account for changes in employment benefits, rising costs of health care and longer life spans in retirement. While this national effort focuses on financial need in retirement, we encourage you to consider another major change that can happen - retirement from driving. On average, we outlive our ability to drive by 7-10 years, this increases the importance of making a transportation plan with family and friends and learning about available transportation services in the local community.

Celebrate National Retirement Planning Week by helping your consumers prepare for driving retirement. Use NADTC resources like the booklet, Before You Give Up the Keys: Create a Roadmap for Transportation Independence that provides action steps and resources for making decisions about driving.
National Volunteer Week: April 17-23

National Volunteer Week is April 17-23, 2022 and is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteers in your organization and community. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially as the civic engagement of community members continues to increase.

The NADTC has long-supported volunteer involvement in transportation, particularly through volunteer driver programs. Take this opportunity to celebrate the volunteers you have in your program. More information on volunteer transportation, including best practices in volunteer transportation, and the Volunteer Transportation toolkit, can be found on our website.
Funding Opportunities
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research has released two funding opportunities under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program, focused on research and development.
The purpose of the grant program is to plan or conduct research and demonstration projects, training or related activities to develop methods, procedures or technology that will maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into society, employment, independent living, and enhance social self-sufficiency. Applications must be submitted by April 4 no later than 11:59 PM ET.
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program

U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of $13 million to increase access to behavioral health care services and address health inequities in rural America, including through evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment for substance abuse disorder. Eligible applicants include rural health clinics, federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations and community- and faith-based organizations. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, April 19 by 11:59 PM ET.
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.