The Alameda County Transportation Commission has been working on mobility management initiatives for seniors and people with disabilities for many years, utilizing a strong focus on consumers, and coordination between cities, transit agencies and community based organizations.
The National Center for Mobility Management describes mobility management as “an approach to designing and delivering transportation services that starts and ends with the customer. It begins with a community vision in which the entire transportation network—public transit, private operators, bicyclists and pedestrians, volunteer drivers, and others—works together with customers, planners, and stakeholders to deliver the transportation options that best meet the community’s needs.”
Travel training is one example of a mobility management strategy. Other strategies include individualized transportation information and trip planning services.
The Alameda CTC Commission is advised by an all-consumer Paratransit Coordinating Council known as the Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO). PAPCO is supported by the Paratransit Technical Advisory Committee (ParaTAC) which is attended by staff from the ADA paratransit programs, City programs and community based transportation providers. These committees have helped provide guidance to Alameda CTC’s mobility management initiatives.
Alameda County Resources
Alameda CTC supports a number of mobility management initiatives, beginning with the Access Alameda Guide and website.
Alameda CTC Direct Local Distribution and Paratransit Discretionary Grant Program funding also supports:
- Easy Does It Emergency Services (EDI) – Fast Accessible Safe Transportation Emergency Repair (FASTER) – for help with broken wheelchairs
- Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (ASEB) – Transportation Services for Individuals with Dementia
- Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) – Accessible Group Trip Transportation for Youth & Adults with Disabilities