United We Ride
November 25, 2009
Going My Way?
United We Ride (UWR) is a federal interagency initiative aimed at improving the availability, quality and efficient delivery of transportation services for older adults, people with disabilities and individuals with lower incomes.
Transportation plays a critical role in providing access to employment, health care, education, community services, and activities necessary for daily living. The importance is underscored by the variety of transportation programs that have been created in conjunction with health and human services programs and by the significant federal investment in accessible public transportation systems throughout the nation. Ironically, for most people who need transportation help, the creation of more programs has resulted in several unintended consequences.
Transportation services are often fragmented, underutilized, or difficult to navigate and can be costly because of inconsistent, duplicative, and often restrictive federal and state program rules and regulations. And, in some cases, narrowly focused programs leave service gaps, and transportation services are simply not available to meet certain needs.*
What ideas and actions can increase access to affordable and reliable transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes?
The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility invites you to participate in an innovative and interactive virtual town hall meeting, the first United We Ride National Dialogue. Please give your thoughts and ideas about how we can together improve mobility options for individuals who often find access to transportation to be a major challenge. Your input can help make our communities more livable for all. Find out how to participate: http://www.uwrdialogue.org/
For a listing of public transportation options in Maine from the American Public Transportation Association visit: http://www.publictransportation.org/systems/state.asp?state=ME
For Mobility Management Strategies for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Individuals and Families with Lower Incomes,Rural Populations and Tribal Nations visit: http://www.unitedweride.gov/18ENG_HTML.htm
- UWR website: http://www.unitedweride.gov/13ENG_HTML.htm