Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants

Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019

NCMM’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, supported communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well being. You can learn more about all of NCMM’s grants on our Community Grants Page 

Meet the Grantees!

Dixon, Illinois

Asking the question “How might we increase awareness and access to services to improve well-being for low-income children and their families,” the team in Dixon, IL devised an day-in-the-life scenario to increase awareness and sue of public transit, especially among local youth.

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Allen County, Kansas

Allen County currently has 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. 

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Mercer County, New Jersey

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. 

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Clark County, Washington

Rural residents can sometimes struggle to get to basic necessities without public transportation. The community in Clark County asked “how might we ensure residents in both rural Clark County and inner-city Vancouver find transportation to health-related destinations?” Using the design-thinking process, the team devised a new service that will bring residents into town for part of the day to go to medical appointments and to run other essential errands. 

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Washington & Ozaukee Counties, WI

The team in Washington and Ozaukee Counties the question “How might we increase capacity to serve low-income (ALICE) older adults?” Through leveraging existing resources, and bringing together a large coalition of diverse stakeholders, the team has designed a replicable system to increase public transit access in their community. 

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Resources for Community Teams

Project Pitch Session (April 30, 2020) Teams presented their project pitches. View the archived pitch session and slides

March All-Team Webinar (March 10, 2020) Webinar covered creating a project plan, and what to expect for the project pitch in Washington DC. View the archived webinar and slides.

February All-Team Webinar (February 11, 2020) Webinar covered April 23rd meeting in Washington DC, team updates, and schedule reminders. View the archived webinar and slides.

Assumption Testing and Prototyping Resource List. View a list of resources and examples here.

Intro to Prototyping Webinar (Jan 15, 2020) Webinar reviewed assumption testing and introduced prototyping. View the archived webinar and see the slides.

Intro to Assumption Testing Webinar (Nov 22, 2019) Webinar covered an introduction to the assumption test phase and activities. View the archived webinar and see the slides.

Initial Webinar for Selected Communities (Aug 22, 2019). Webinar covered what to expect over this six-month project, including monthly reporting. View the archived webinar and see the slides.


Amy Conrick, NCMM Director, 202-415-9692

Alex King, Senior Program Associate, Health Care and Transportation, 202-340-5284


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