DigitalCT Summer 2011: Risks Ahead

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This edition of DigitalCT focuses on two urgent and important issues for community and public transportation: the current shortfalls in transit investment at all levels, and the challenges of non-emergency medical transportation in the context of the Medicaid program. We pull together the most timely and comprehensive resources on these topics, and offer our perspective on approaches to sustain and improve mobility options in these challenging times.

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In this Issue

Editor's Note

Scott Bogren

In keeping with the innovative and exciting spirit of our digital publication, play the video in the attached file to view Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren's video editor's note.

Voices from the Community: Larry Ehl and Valerie Miller

Larry EhlLarry Ehl is the editor of the Transportation Issues Daily blog, examining all facets of transportation policy in "Kitchen-table English." He joins DigitalCT Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren for a discussion of transportation funding issues.

Valerie MillerCTAA's Medical Transportation Specialist, Valerie Miller, discusses the latest trends and issues in Medicaid non-emergency transportation with Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren -- with a particular focus on what transportation system leaders can be doing to thrive in the emerging NEMT environment.

Urgent Issues: Transit Investment

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A look at the urgent situation involving how we support our nation's transit system, at the federal, state and local levels. National leaders share their perspectives on the importance of transit investment in Congressional testimony, we look at the widespread service cuts and fare increases necessitated by a lack of investment, the America Fast Forward long-term investment concept, and the realities of transit investment at the state level.

Urgent Issues: Medicaid Transportation

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We examine the role of community and public transit in providing non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) -- usually supported by Medicaid -- and some of the trends and approaches to working with brokerages. We also look at some important background on the larger Medicaid program, the increasingly common shift to managed care at the state level, and a primer on the Affordable Care Act.

EXPO 2011 Wrap-Up

Sisto Garcia, Paratransit, Inc., Sacramento, Calif.

CTAA's 25th anniversary Community Transportation EXPO returned to where it all began: Indianapolis. As just as it was back in 1987, our most recent EXPO was a resounding success thanks to the trainers, participants, exhibitors and drivers. From the Community Transportation Roadeo through to the staff's annual rendition of Happy Trails, EXPO 2011 was a week to remember. For those who couldn't join us -- or those who did -- here's a recap of a great week in Indy.

Transit Notes

Transit Notes

Transit Notes for DigitalCT Summer 2011 with transit stories from around the country.


Richard Sampson
Communications Specialist
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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