Getting from Here to There with Public Transportation

In Washington state, June is Ride Transit Month where they celebrate public transportation and the options available to residents across the state to get where they need to go while reducing congestion and their impact on the environment. For people with disabilities in Washington state and elsewhere, reliable, accessible public transportation may be the only option to get to school, work, or play, or to accomplish everyday tasks like shopping or going to the doctor.

The NIDILRR grantee community has worked on the issue of accessible public transportation for many years. Here is a selection of resources that transportation planners, administrators, and advocates can use to explore transportation options and develop programs that offer reliable and accessible transportation to all.

Outside the NIDILRR Community, consider connecting with:

  • The US Department of Transportation, the main agency for public transportation policy and development, including policies regarding equal access to transportation. Watch their video on ADA and the Federal Transit Administration to learn how it helps transit agencies comply with the ADA and other accessibility laws.
  • The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, funded by the Federal Transit Administration and administered with guidance from the Administration for Community Living. NADTC promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and communities. Visit their website to learn about training and webinars, grants for community programs, and more.
  • Project ACTION from Easterseals, Inc., which provides customized training solutions and technical expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible transportation. Check out their regular webinars, plus certification programs and courses.

Looking for research in this area? Dive into REHABDATA:

If you are looking for transportation options in your community, or you are a researcher who would like to explore more publications in the NARIC collection, please contact an Information Specialist today!

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