Getting To Work: A Case Study Report on Accessible Transportation Projects
Alack of reliable, accessible, and affordable transportation is consistently cited as a barrier to employment by people with disabilities. The four Medicaid Infrastructure Grant transportation projects (Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey) profiled in this report illustrate a set of practices that address transportation needs. Although the MIG grants are not intended to provide or fund direct transportation services, state MIGs are well•posi•tioned to use their resources to create linkages with other agencies and entities engaged in accessible transportation planning and service delivery.
The four projects described in this report suggest a set of strategies and activities that can help advance accessible transportation in states and in communities. These activities include:
- Convening stakeholders and providing a forum where state agencies, transportation entities, private transportation providers, employers, transportation brokers, state officials and others can engage in transportation planning.
- Identifying goals that result in a win-win situation for all.
- Using this information to plan for outcomes.
- Identifying transportation needs, gaps, and resources in the state.
- Working to address gaps and to leverage resources through transportation coordination, capital expenditures, and other strategies.
- Assuring consumer access to transportation information through a single point of contact (for example, a web-based resource, a transportation brokerage, concierge services, or other trip planning tools).
- Training consumers on the use of trip planning tools.