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Transit is only as good as its weakest link.

Community transportation begins with accessible buses, but doesn't end there. We need accessible sidewalks, accessible bus stops, crosswalks, and streets that are safe for ALL their users, regardless of mode of travel, or ability. ADA does not specifically require the presence of sidewalks, so the Federal Highway Administration could help a great deal by encouraging COMPLETE STREETS along major thoroughfares and transit ...more »

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Safe Bus Stops

I am a person with disabilities and I think a major improvement to the fixed route bus system for disabled community members who must or want to travel during night time hours or on cloudy, rainy days would be bus stops that are well lit but don't require electricity for lighting. Lights for night time security lighting should be provided by solar power batteries at the top of the bus shelter. Special solar powered ...more »

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Help people feel safe riding transit

Often people who want to “retire” from driving have difficulty transitioning to public transit and become dependent on friends and family for rides. A technology that helps people feel more secure about riding transit. This would also be helpful for people with cognitive disabilities, especially people who are on the autism spectrum. It would be helpful to have a technology that informed riders when to expect the bus/train ...more »

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Foster cooperation and coordination

DOT, DHS, VA, and DOL all fund transportation. Much of the funding is restricted to certain people based on categorical eligibility for particular programs. This is grossly inefficient. Require any agency giving clients rides using federal funding to participate in a coordinated transportation system, and put out "increasing match" grant funding for communities to develop the coordination infrastructure. If a veteran ...more »

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Integrate smartcard technology across all modes

While smart cards are not a new idea in the technology arena, expanded use of smart card payment across public and private modes in a community could benefit all users of all abilities, particularly when it comes to getting to that "last mile" destination. An example would be better integrating smart card payment options so that one smart card can be used to pay for fixed-route service, taxi service, bike share, and ...more »

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Improve bus stop location accuracy via mobile apps

All pedestrian/transit navigation apps rely on accurate bus stop location information to provide good directions to users. For example, to tell a transit rider where to board a bus, the app needs an accurate location for the rider's origin stop. The problem is that many transit agency bus stop inventories have inaccurate position information for many stops. Therefore, a solution is needed to help improve the accuracy ...more »

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Outreach

More resources outreach needs to be distributed to seniors and disabled communities. Each transit agency needs to make sure they are getting much needed resource information to key locations and informational sites via internet, face-to-face, on-board, apps and where they live.

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Flag stop service notification

Flag stop service can be problematic for both people with disabilities and vehicle operators for a number of reasons including: • knowing when the bus you want is approaching in time to flag it • knowing that the operator has seen your effort to flag the bus • knowing when to alert the operator that you are approaching your destination • visibility of passengers who are in wheelchairs or who need to sit for other reasons ...more »

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Knox County CAC Transit Inclusive Transportation Planning Projec

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) was awarded grant funding through the U.S. Administration for Community Living in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration and the Community Transportation Association of America to develop a tablet-based application that will help individuals who have a disability communicate with the vehicle operator. CAC has partnered with the University of Tennessee ...more »

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On call paratransit

Do away with laws that require vehicles that transport people in wheelchairs to have ambulette type equipment and paramedic training. Utilize and subsidize accessible non-van taxis with door to door service for people with all types of disabilities. These are universal design, and could be used for non-disabled as well.

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Consolidating sources of information

One thing that occurs to me as I have been reading through all the great ideas posted is that there is a lot of information out there already and it would be useful to find some way to unite it so that duplicating effort wouldn’t be necessary. For instance, the crowd-sourcing idea raised many available sources of information, none of which provide everything needed, but all of which provide some useful piece of the puzzle. ...more »

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The Neatebox Pedestrian crossing solution.

The Neatebox is in advanced stages of development and represents a significant step forward in road crossing safety. With the free application downloaded on a smart device the crossing button is pushed automatically by your proximity to the crossing. The user no longer needs to interact with the button and instead can use their time to take up the optimum position prior to crossing. The crossing is aware of your need ...more »

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