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Planning Inclusively

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We're pleased to present this special edition of Digital CT magazine that spotlights the important project and the resources we've developed on inclusive transportation planning as well as featuring the ongoing demonstration projects that are underway to uncover, document and evaluate the most promising inclusive transit planning practices.


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From the Editor

Editor's Note

DigitalCT Editor-in-Chief Scott Bogren covers the articles and stories that comprise this edition of DigitalCT, with an emphasis on what inclusive transportation planning means in practice. Click anywhere on the image above to view the video.

Voices from the Community

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Listen to the CT Podcast Interviews with Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy with the Administration for Community Living and John Walsh, VP Sales and Marketing, Mobility Ventures, LLC, as well as guest submissions from CTAA's Janice Ross-Lorenz on the opening of the Natchez Regional Transit Center in Mississippi and Via Mobility Services Executive Director on her system's response to dangerous flood conditions in Boulder, Colo.

The Commentary - Aren't We All Members of the General Public?

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People with disabilities and older adults are members of the general public. Public transportation, therefore, must be able to accommodate their mobility needs within its overall goal of serving all Americans. There's no better way to ensure progress toward this worthy objective than involving older adults and people with disabilities in the planning and development of public transportation. And that is the point of inclusive transit planning.

What It Really Means To Be Inclusive

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Achieving inclusivity isn't all that difficult. It prioritizes the value of every person and their mobility needs and responds with customer-focused services. Even more encouraging should be the reality that most community and public transportation providers and advocates do this already.

Environmental Scan Outcomes to Strengthen Inclusive Transportation Partnerships

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The environmental scan process included interviews with program representatives of transportation-related organizations and human services organizations who were part of a coordinated transportation system. To ensure we included the important perspective of customers, interviews also took place with people with disabilities and older adults who participated in coordinated transportation systems.

Searching for Innovation: Inclusive Planning Projects Demonstrate Creative Approaches to Planning

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On May 17, 2013, communities were awarded grants to improve coordinated transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities. Funding for these projects was provided by Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living, a project funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and administered by the Community Transportation Association of America.

The Inclusive Transit Planning Project Liaison Roundtable

Inclusive Planning Roundtable

Three project leaders, Virginia Dize of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Judy Shanley with Easter Seals and Charles Dickson with the Community Transportation Association of America, are serving as inclusive transit planning project grantee liaisons. To get an idea of emerging trends and the impact of these projects, DigitalCT magazine's Editor in Chief Scott Bogren asked each a series of questions.

Transit Notes

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Updates, news items and the latest stories on community and public transportation around the nation.


Richard Sampson
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Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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