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Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility

CCAM members, meeting at USDOT headquarters on October 29, 2019, show off the strategic plan.

What's New

Personal mobility is essential to the success of America’s residents, communities, and economy. Transportation enables mobility by connecting individuals to jobs, healthcare and services, and opens the door to opportunity. Despite its significance, millions of Americans lack access to reliable transportation due to disability, income, or age. The Federal Government recognizes the importance of personal mobility. Agencies across the government administer 130 federal programs that may fund transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income. However, these transportation services can be costly and fragmented due to lack of interagency collaboration. Together, the CCAM partner agencies are hosting a webinar series to increase local, state and federal coordination to enhance accessible, efficient transportation options for the target populations. 

Objectives:

  • Bring diverse networks together to learn from Federal program managers
  • Address the most prevalent barriers to transportation coordination, gathered through the 2018 CCAM State and Local Focus Groups. Top Perceived Barriers to Transportation Coordination:
    • Limited awareness of opportunities for coordination:  Many Federal funding recipients are unaware of the full range of opportunities for transportation coordination in their communities.
    • Difficulty engaging local stakeholders:  Federal funding recipients find it difficult to maintain the many community partnerships needed to coordinate transportation.
    • Program restrictions for coordination:  Federal program requirements restrict or disincentivize Federal funding recipients from pursuing transportation coordination partnerships and initiatives.
    • Insufficient incentives to encourage coordination:  Without compelling incentives, Federal funding recipients are unwilling to coordinate transportation.
    • Limited Federal guidance on the parameters of coordination:  Stakeholders need additional guidance from the Federal government to know how to remain in compliance with Federal law when coordinating transportation.

Target Audience:

Grantees of the CCAM Member Agencies

Date: Second Thursday of the month; Time:

Presentations will be made by CCAM agencies, highlighting programs in the CCAM Program Inventory.  Completed presentations will be posted the CCAM website at: https://www.transit.dot.gov/ccam/about/ccam-meetings-listening-sessions.  Presentations will go in order of the CCAM agency with the largest number of programs to the smallest.

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  1. February 13th, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST Department of Health and Human Services (confirmed) Register here: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/ccam-webinar-1/event/event_info.html   
  2. March 12th, 2020 Department of Transportation (confirmed) Registration link coming soon
  3. April 9th, 2020 Department of Housing and Urban Development
  4. May 14th, 2020 Department of Labor
  5. June 11th, 2020 Department of Justice
  6. July 9th, 2020 Department of Education
  7. August 13th, 2020 Department of the Interior
  8. September 10th, 2020 Department of Veteran Affairs
  9. October 8th, 2020 Department of Agriculture

Background

Personal mobility is essential to the success of America’s residents, communities, and economy. Transportation enables mobility by connecting individuals to jobs, healthcare and services, and opens the door to opportunity. Despite its significance, millions of Americans lack access to reliable transportation due to disability, income, or age. Inadequate transportation constrains the mobility of these individuals and prevents them from accessing jobs, medical care, healthy food, educational programs, social services, and other community activities.

The federal government recognizes the importance of personal mobility. Agencies across the government administer 130 programs to fund transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and lower-income individuals. However, those transportation services can be costly and fragmented due to inconsistent program rules and a lack of interagency collaboration.

The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) is an interagency partnership established in 2004 by Executive Order 13330 to coordinate the efforts of the federal agencies that fund transportation services for targeted populations. The CCAM mission and vision are as follows: 

Mission

The CCAM issues policy recommendations and implements activities that improve the availability, accessibility, and efficiency of transportation for the following targeted populations: older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals of low income.

Vision

Equal access to coordinated transportation for all Americans

Background

The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) is a federal interagency council established by Executive Order in 2004. In December 2014, the GAO reviewed nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) services and issued Report GAO-15-110 with the following recommendations for CCAM:

  • Publish a strategic plan for nonemergency medical transportation services coordination
  • Issue a cost-sharing policy
  • Address the challenges associated with coordinating federal nonemergency medical transportation programs

In December 2015, the President signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that codified CCAM.  FAST Act Section 3006(c) directs the CCAM to develop a strategic plan that:

  • Outlines the roles and responsibilities of each CCAM federal agency
  • Addresses outstanding recommendations previously made by the Council
  • Addresses GAO recommendations concerning local coordination of transportation services
  • Proposes changes to federal laws and regulations that will eliminate barriers to local transportation coordination

Since the passage of the FAST Act, CCAM has convened on multiple occasions and hosted listening sessions, with a goal of posting a strategic plan by the completion of the FAST Act.

    Membership

    CCAM member agencies promote accessible, efficient, effective transportation options to serve the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and those with low incomes. CCAM agencies represent more than 130 federal programs that support transportation services.

    Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2020
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