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October 26, 2009

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Join the Dialogue on ‘United We Ride’

The National Academy of Public Administration and Easter Seals Project ACTION are hosting an online national dialogue on the federal United We Ride initiative Nov. 2-13, on behalf of the Federal Government Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM). The purpose of the conversation is to assess success to date in transportation access for persons with disabilities, older adults, and persons of limited income.

The federal government, through a multiple agency partnership led by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), has been working to address access to transportation resources through its United We Ride initiative; its initial action plan in 2004 was to address the coordination of transportation services across 64 different federal programs.

Registration is now open at the site. Participants can share their thoughts on questions associated with how to increase access at the community level.

While significant progress has been achieved through United We Ride and new FTA projects, challenges to coordinating stovepiped funding, policies, programs, and services still exist. One significant finding thus far is that innovations can occur through coordination and joint strategic planning across many different groups at the state and local levels.

The virtual town hall forum uses collaborative web-based technologies to engage participants in a creative, interactive conversation about the future of coordinating transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes. The outcome of this dialogue will inform future policy decisions, programs, and updates to the CCAM strategic plan; feedback will be given to the members of the CCAM to assist them in developing the council’s 2010-2015 strategic plan.

All individuals who register and provide e-mail addresses will receive this feedback.  Additionally, the results will be posted on the dialogue web site.

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