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Communication Device - "Ride Alert" or "Ride'n Go"

One of the greatest issues in the transportation of the elderly is the wait time the elderly face while expecting their ride. The unpredictable nature of the system can force elders to wait for extended periods of time, causing unneeded stress and anxiety. Why cant there be a communication device that alerts the elderly when their transportation is approaching, reducing their wait time, and relieving stress? Ride Alert ...more »

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Our Opiniomn

To U.S. Dot The STEPS group is writing to you to share our thoughts and opinions about the public transportation for people with disabilities. • The price of fares for CCT/Rover transportation buses is too much money. We would appreciate it if they could be lowered so that we can afford to attend our scheduled appointments and services. • We would like a better training for the staff to understand those with disabilities. ...more »

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Establishing Virtual Fields for Visually Impaired People

Most visually impaired and blind people, in their familiar environments, are able to find their paths and destinations without any trouble. Thus the visually impaired or blind people may not need any help if they are in a familiar path. However, what if they are thrown into an un-familiar environment? One solution is to establish a virtual field of the new environment, containing the information of all possible obstacles ...more »

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Steering Committees of Disabled Persons

It is a source of amazement to me how many decisions about accessibility are made by persons who are not disabled and are only using their imaginations to determine ways to meet accessibility needs within their communities. They need input and ongoing interaction with disabled members within their communities to ascertain that the efforts they are making are not being wasted or not being used to their best effect. To ...more »

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Smart Streets Audits

Digital asset collection technologies are capturing the physical features of city streets. Processes could be developed to create a compliance index for the road network similar to the UsRAP safety index. This could be valuable in planning routes with the best access and for planners looking to develop smart street compliant corridors as part of a planning process

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Sidewalk Condition Index

Cities are financing mobile asset data collection of their streets using photogrammetry and LiDAR. Contractors have the ability to develop algorithms that will extract sidewalks and ADA locations. Once extracted, additional processes currently being used for asset management can be applied to develop a condition index, similar to the International Roughness Index (IRI) for roadways. This information could be provided ...more »

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An App that identifies with Service Dog potty areas.

Service dog users need an App that identifies with map and directions locations where SD's can do their potty business. This would be helpful in unfamiliar locations and airports when traveling.

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Similar to MBus

The bus system at the University of Michigan has a mobile app that shows the progress of the bus. You can see where each of the busses are at any point in time, and you can see how long it will be before the next bus arrives. This would be useful for those with mobility disabilities so they could time their approach to the bus stop. (If it takes five minutes to get to the bus stop, but the next bus comes in three minutes, ...more »

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transport companies

I have ALS, and I'm limited to when and where I go. Because of the power wheel chair. The outsourced companies, receive no subsidies from any level of govt. So there are very few choices for transport. And almost all are undependable and lack any kind of professional care. It's important not only better oversight. But, subsidies, so more reputable people. Will consider going into the business.

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Weekend Service

Transportation services for people with disabilities such as shared ride programs should be available during the weekends. The one in my area near Mechanicsburg, PA called Capital Area Transit (CAT) is available Monday-Friday, but not on the weekends. People with disabilities should have the freedom to go places on the weekends just like everybody else.

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Social Media Alerts for People with Disabilities

Social Media has emerged on a very fast pace, with twittering as the number #1 method for social medial. Social media applications need to be made easier, more accessible, affordable, and available so that all persons with disabilities, including older Americans can readily access the applications and understand how to use them and how the process works.

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Personal Transportation

My son is very uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations and crowds. He also struggles with paranoia. He needs door to door transportation just for him be it that could accommodate him without having to plan days or weeks in advance. I saw a while ago, a prototype of a car that you program a destination in and it drove itself to and from the destination(s), this would be hugely helpful to my son especially if it were ...more »

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