[NFBOK-Talk] {Disarmed} FW: July Extra: ESPA Launches 'Viewpoints - Pathways to Accessible Transportation' Blog

Glenda gfarnum at cox.net
Thu Jul 21 13:54:11 UTC 2011

For those of you who are interested in accessible transportation review
resource below.


Glenda Farnum 


From: Easter Seals Project ACTION [mailto:projectaction at easterseals.com] 
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:45 AM
To: gfarnum at cox.net
Subject: July Extra: ESPA Launches 'Viewpoints - Pathways to Accessible
Transportation' Blog


Easter Seals Project ACTION

July 2011

Dear Glenda,

Welcome to Extra, Easter Seals Project ACTION's monthly newsletter.

The news this month:


ESPA Launches
Viewpoints - Pathways to Accessible Transportation Blog
ESPA is pleased to announce the launch of its blog, Viewpoints - Pathways to
Accessible Transportation! Viewpoints features the various perspectives of
ESPA staff and guest bloggers about current issues in accessible
transportation. For 23 years and counting, ESPA has been and continues to be
dedicated to promoting pathways to accessible transportation, working with
our partners in the transportation and disability communities. Join us as we
explore the latest steps along the path to accessible transportation for all
and subscribe to our blog!

Upcoming Training

Customer Service Monitoring and Feedback for Fixed-Route and
On August 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, ESPA will host a free webinar, Customer
Service Monitoring and Feedback for Fixed-Route and Paratransit Services.
This webinar will focus on how transportation providers can work with a
disabilities advisory board to develop a feedback survey for transit
customers with disabilities. The session will provide a broad overview of
the customer-service-monitoring process and how it can be used to improve
transportation operations and customer services. For more information,
contact ESPADistanceLearning at easterseals.com. Registration deadline: August

Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Right-Turn Lanes for
Pedestrians with Visual Impairments―Webinar
On August 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, ESPA will partner with the
Transportation Research Board to present a webinar on a newly released
report by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program on navigating
roundabouts and channelized right-turn lanes for pedestrians who have visual
impairments. The webinar will feature panelists who will evaluate
accessibility at a complex intersection and discuss the impacts of site
geometry and operational characteristics on site accessibility. Professional
engineers that attend the entire webinar session may receive credit for one
professional development hour. For more information, contact
ESPADistanceLearning at easterseals.com. Registration deadline: August 12.

Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration―Online Course
Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration (FTTA), ESPA's new online
course, will run for the second time starting August 15. FTTA gives learners
the opportunity to learn more about essential administrative issues, such as
creating job descriptions and developing budgets. The course format is
flexible, allowing participants to work at any hour of the day or night. For
more information, contact the course instructor, Kristi McLaughlin, at
ftta at easterseals.com or (800) 659-6428. Application deadline: August 8.

Industry News

FTA Providing Funding for Improving and Increasing Transit Workforce
On June 9, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $3 million
from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support programs around the
country that train, hire, develop and retain transit workers. "This money
will help train young people just out of high school or college and help
those already in transit jobs move ahead," Secretary LaHood stated. Twelve
programs from across the nation successfully competed for the "Innovative
Workforce Development" dollars. A complete list of successful proposals can
be found on the FTA website
<http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/R?i=i8vuWINSc5wLY-QuRmMB7A..> .

$175 Million Livability Grants for Transportation Announced
On June 16, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the
availability of up to $175 million in livability grants to help urban,
suburban and rural communities develop transit options to better connect
people to where they live, work and play. Up to $150 million of the
livability funding being announced comes from the Bus and Bus Facilities
<http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/R?i=Z5hnXa6t-PfooIX5PrsA3w..> ,
which provides money to purchase or replace buses and to build bus-related
facilities, and the remaining funds come from the Alternatives Analysis
<http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/R?i=jsWLmz-PqfyjiBxjDZaj_w..> ,
which provides money to help communities evaluate and select the best
transit options to meet their transportation needs. Applications due: July

FEMA Conference on Community Emergency Management (*.PDF)
Join the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the second annual Getting
Real conference, Getting Real II- Promising Practices in Inclusive Emergency
Management for the Whole Community, September 12-14 in Washington, DC. The
conference will identify promising practices that strengthen a community's
capacity to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impact of
disasters and will emphasize inclusion, integration, dignity, independence,
accessibility and self-determination for individuals with disabilities
before, during and after an emergency. Proposals for presentations
highlighting promising practices for inclusive emergency management are now
being accepted. For questions, email
FEMA-Disability-Integration-Coordination at dhs.gov. Proposals due: August 1. 

Interim Notice of Funding Availability for TIGER Discretionary Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an interim notice of
funding availability (*.PDF)
for the National Infrastructure Investments, or "TIGER Discretionary
Grants." The notice includes selection criteria and pre-application and
application requirements for these grants as well as information on how to
submit comments on the proposed selection criteria and guidance for awarding
funds. Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently
Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance at the Application Resources
web page. Comment deadline: July 18. Preapplication deadline (opening by
August 23): October 3. Final application deadline: October 31.

Free Web Application for Building Websites
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program has recently released a free
application, Website Builder
<http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/R?i=Etrm8f5-U3bmUCO-guV8CA..> ,
that allows rural transit systems to create easy-to-use, maintainable
websites. No prior programming or HTML knowledge is needed. To access the
Website Builder application, go to http://www.nationalrtap.org/
and create a Cloud account. Call (888) 589-6821 for more information.  

Website on Current Olmstead News
In 2009, on the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case
of Olmstead v. L.C., President Barack Obama launched The Year of Community
Living and directed the Administration to redouble enforcement efforts. The
Supreme Court's ruling in Olmstead v. L.C. requires states to eliminate
unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities and to ensure that
people with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting
appropriate to their needs. Visit http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/
for current news and more. 


Report on Providing Matching Funds
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research
Program has recently released Research Results Digest 353: Identification of
State and Local Matching Fund Requirements for State-Administered Federal
and Non-Federal Public Transportation Programs. This report documents the
policies adopted by the states to provide matching funds for
state-administered federal and non-federal public transportation grant
programs. It also includes a set of tables with information on current state
and local matching fund percentage requirements for each urban and rural
federal program and the local matching fund requirements for each
non-federal public transportation program administered by each state. 


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