CCAM Stakeholder Engagement
In 2018, the CCAM support team facilitated state, local and industry focus groups and listening sessions with organizations that receive funding from CCAM agencies to identify transportation coordination barriers, lessons learned, and promising practices. The findings will inform federal work groups responsible for addressing FAST Act requirements. Summary reports from these sessions will be posted in the coming months.
State and Local Focus Groups and Listening Sessions
Virtual focus groups convened stakeholders related to a specific topic:
- Rural and Underserved Areas Focus Group
- Rural Veterans Transportation Focus Group
- Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
In-Person Focus Groups
In-person focus groups convened federal funding recipients in a specific community or region. Sessions were located in diverse regions that have experienced success in coordinating transportation:
- Olympia and Seattle, Washington
- Los Angeles, California
- Tallahassee, Florida
- Columbus, Ohio
- Des Moines, Iowa
In-Person Listening Sessions
Listening sessions will be hosted at conferences and meetings that bring together transit stakeholders from across the country.
- American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus and Paratransit Conference, Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018
- National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) Review Board Meeting, The Cecchi Ballroom, Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, May 10, 2018
- Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo, Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, June 13, 2018 Tampa, FL – Wednesday, June 13th from 3:15-5pm [URL: ]
- CCAM agency staff are interested in collecting examples of transportation coordination efforts, including challenges and barriers.
Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services
The Administration for Community Living (ACL)’s new funding opportunity for Nonprofits, State governments, City/County governments, Tribes, and other eligible entities, which supports the testing of innovative access solutions and promising practices that enhance the quality, effectiveness, and proven outcomes of nutrition services programs. Innovations could include a nutrition effort combined with addressing a local or national need such as: increasing social connections, improving access to community services, increasing activity involvement, improving chronic conditions, etc. This NOFO acknowledges a new generation of consumers whose needs and preferences are different. Innovative and promising practices may include the testing and publishing of positive outcomes in which nutrition programs provide a meaningful role in support of the health and long-term care of older individuals. Outcomes should focus on methods to improve collaboration with local health care entities, decrease health care costs for a specific population (diabetes, obesity, depression, etc.) or decrease the incidence of the need for institutionalization among older adults. Approaches must have the potential for implementation in other communities and demonstrate cost effectiveness. Examples of value could be cost savings on missed appointments or addressing social isolation/depression due to a lack of mobility. Applicants must explain how they see their proposal as innovative, how broad implementation can be done, and the potential community effect.
ACL plans to award approximately four cooperative agreements to domestic public or private non-profit entities for a 24-month project period. Applicants may request a total maximum of $250,000 for each of the two 12-month budget periods. An informational call for interested applicants will be held 2 p.m ET Tuesday, June 12. 2018. Register. This funding opportunity closes on July 17, 2018.
FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and People with Disabilities Program grantees may partner with nutrition programs such as ACL’s meal programs (find local programs via www.eldercare.gov). Transit service providers receiving Section 5310 funds may coordinate and assist in providing meal delivery services on a regular basis if they do not conflict with the provision of transit services.
2018 Healthy Aging Summit
On July 16-17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the American College of Preventive Medicine will host the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C.
Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research
The Secretary of Energy announces $68.5 million for advanced vehicle technologies research, including up to $20 million for technology integration. Technology integration brings together key stakeholders in partnerships that can provide data, modeling, and proof-of-concept to inform early-stage research priorities and increase overall transportation system efficiency. Including:
- High performance computing for transportation system optimization
- First/last mile solutions for people movement
- System-level data for more energy-efficient, affordable mobility
- Open topic – innovative approaches to increase overall transportation system efficiency