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Older Adults

Resources

Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). Explains how states can use untapped funding options under the Affordable Care Act to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. Also presents two case studies illustrating how the Atlanta region and the state of Connecticut are making this work. Listen to the podcast introducing the research findings.

Transportation for Older Adults: Measuring Results Could Help Determine If Coordination Efforts Improve Mobility (Government Accountability Office, Dec. 2014)

Section 5310 Circular: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance and Application Instructions (June 6, 2014). FTA C 9070.1G and Section 5310 Fact Sheet with FAST Act changes (2016).

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2013). Report highlights the major sources of federal funding for older adult transportation and presents seven case studies of local providers from around the country to illustrate how they combine federal, state, and local funding to put quality service on the street. Also provides examples of how local and state coordination efforts can expand the reach of services funded.

How the Travel Patterns of Older Adults Are Changing: Highlights from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2011). Explores changing transportation-related behaviors among older adults related to transit use and driving.

Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population (American Public Transportation Association, 2010). Report a) identifies the range of actions that will be needed to expand mobility options for older people, including accessible public transportation services; b) quantifies the demand for these public transportation services; and c) estimates the funding that will be needed to provide them.

Role of Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Coordination (Technical Assistance Exchange Issue Brief, 2009). Written for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). Identifies resources and stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels that can assist with the direct provision of transportation coordination services to consumers, and demonstrates how ADRCs can connect with existing transportation coalitions in their communities to pursue broader changes in the transportation system.

Coordinated Non-Emergency Medical Transportation for Seniors. (Community Transportation Association of America, 2007). A report on Women on Wheels (WoW), a pilot project of The Women's Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the United Way of Central Alabama.

How to Establish and Maintain Door-through-Door Transportation Services for Seniors (Westat, 2005). How-to guide that describes how to make door-through-door transportation work in the community.

Senior Transportation Toolkit and Best Practices (Community Transportation Association of America, 2003). Provides information about the varied transportation needs of older people, how community and public transportation providers are meeting those needs, and means and resources for improving and creating senior transportation service.

Training

Don’t Gamble on Senior Transportation Funding: Winning Local Match for Federal Grants. (National Center on Senior Transportation, 2013) Series of four webinars that offers ideas and practical suggestions on how to secure matching funding.

Mobility Management Basics, Module 7: Transportation for Older Adults. Self-paced, on-line training module exploring transportation issues as they impact older adults.

Websites

National Center on Senior Transportation. Provides resources and strategies on how to increase transportation options for older adults to support their ability to live independently in their homes and communities throughout the United States.

Community Transportation Association of America, “senior transportation” webpages. Addresses issues and provides resources related to transportation to health care, employment, and other destinations for older adults.

AARP Public Policy Institute. Researches and reports on issues facing older adults; promotes development of sound, creative policies to address our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life.

Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. Project sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

ElderCare Locator. A national database, searchable by zip code, to help older adults and their families  locate providers of needed services, including transportation. A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.