The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.
FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation and technology solutions to reach medical appointments, access healthy food, and improve paratransit services. The program emphasizes better coordination between health care providers and transit agencies, as well as technology improvements such as mobility-on-demand shared transportation services and smartphone apps for booking services.
FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants represent two programs: FTA’s Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program, which supports projects focused on non-emergency health care travel needs, and FTA’s Human Services Coordination Research program, which funds research to reduce gaps in services to provide safe, affordable, and reliable mobility options to seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.
The selected projects reduce barriers to critical healthcare in rural America, increase access to substance abuse treatment in response to the opioid crisis, and add new technologies to increase paratransit program efficiencies, among other solutions.
FTA received 126 proposals requesting $37.2 million from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Source: Federal Transit Administration