Introducing the 2022 Community Mobility Design Challenge

  • Author: NCMM Staff
  • Date: June 15, 2022

The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), supported by the Federal Transit Administration, is now accepting applications for its Community Mobility Design Challenge 2022 grant. These grants will support communities in researching and creating innovative mobility solutions for community members who face transportation barriers in advancing their personal well-being. Grants of up to $25,000 will be available, as well as NCMM facilitation through the entire process. Applications are due by July 15th. 

The Opportunity.

The goal of the Design Challenge is to enable multi-sector community teams to develop promising mobility solutions that are inspired and informed by the results of community research. Communities should be entering the Design Challenge with a clear, well-researched understanding of the needs in their community, not a proposed solution. Once the work of this Design Challenge 2022 is complete, teams will have designed a solution and determined its feasibility, potential effectiveness, and financial sustainability. 

Applicants must be a nonprofit organization or a government agency that is able to receive, or be a subrecipient of, federal funding. Teams who have previously received an NCMM Design Challenge grant are not eligible to apply for this opportunity. To ensure a well rounded team, each team must meat the composition requirements laid out in the application as well. This includes having a transportation professional and an end user on the team, in addition to other members. You can learn more about the application process on the Community Mobility Design Challenge 2022 webpage. 

Some Past Projects.

  • Allen County, Kansas: Allen County had limited public transportation options, leaving the community to ask “How might we address the transportation needs of patients with chronic physical and mental health conditions in Allen County?” During the grant process, the team devised a new deviated fixed-route service that could be implemented to help improve healthcare access in their community. You can view the slides from their project presentation here
  • Botetourt County, VA: Older residents and residents with disabilities of the rural communities of Northern Botetourt County struggled for years to access health care related destinations outside the county. Work with NCMM led to a weekly appointment shuttle, bringing them to appointments at health care centers in urban Roanoke and outlying Clifton Forge. Thanks to the team’s involvement in the grant, local government stakeholders began to better focus on their mobility needs by creating dedicated service days from the existing community transportation options. You can view the slides from their project presentation here.
  • Johnson County, Iowa: A lack of transportation options in parts of Johnson County, and a lack of late night service was leaving some community members without access to employment. The team wanted to create a menu of options that community members could use to independently access employment options throughout the county. Working with employers and community members throughout the county, the team devised a demand-response system that utilizes vouchers to get people to work. You can view the slides from their project presentation here
  • Mercer County, NJ: A changing economy has created new job centers in Mercer County, but transportation options have not always caught up. The community asked “how might we provide transportation for the underserved workers living in Trenton and Hightstown and East Windsor to jobs in East Windsor?” The team devised a new system using a carpooling app to help connect community members to employment. You can view the slides from their project presentation here


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