CCAM-Related Technical Assistance Centers
The goals of the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) are bolstered by a number of technical assistance partnerships that work to support the provision and coordination of transportation services and promote the mobility of people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income. These technical assistance centers provide a range of services to assist stakeholders at all levels. For specific event information, the centers share their technical assistance events on the joint FTA calendar.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) is a national technical assistance center funded by FTA with guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL). NADTC promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options that serve the needs of people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and communities with a focus on the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Section 5310 program and other transit investments. The NADTC supports the delivery of effective, efficient, high-quality, and coordinated specialized transportation services that maximize Federal investments.
National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT)
The National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT) provides technical assistance to small-urban, rural, and Tribal transit agencies. N-CATT supports the use and development of transit technologies and innovations with the goal of making services more cost-effective and efficient. N-CATT’s work supports CCAM’s mission by developing and supporting transit programs—which includes support for CCAM’s targeted populations—in rural and small-city America.
National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)
The National Center for Mobility Management supports FTA’s Transit & Health Access Initiative and is funded through a cooperative agreement with FTA. The NCMM’s mission is to promote customer-centered mobility strategies that advance good health, economic vitality, self-sufficiency, and community. NCMM provides technical assistance and training; catalogs and disseminates best practice information on innovative mobility management programs; and works to enhance the coordination of Federal resources for human services transportation, especially for people with disabilities, older adults, and people of lower income. NCMM tracks State and regional transportation coordination contact information at https://nationalcenterformobilitymanagement.org/states-at-a-glance/.
National Rural Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP)
The National Rural Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) addresses the training and technical assistance needs of rural and Tribal transit programs across the nation and supports state RTAP programs. National RTAP provides comprehensive free technical assistance programs and resources, including training materials, webinars, newsletters and technical briefs, peer resources, research, and innovative technology initiatives. RTAP’s technical assistance aligns with the mission of the CCAM by helping to improve the availability and efficiency of rural and Tribal transit.
National Transit Institute
The National Transit Institute (NTI) at Rutgers University conducts trainings and educational programs related to public transportation. Funded by FTA, NTI’s mission is to provide training, education, and clearinghouse services in support of public transportation and quality of life in the United States. Training is available to public transportation agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), State Departments of Transportation, and other agencies providing transportation services.
Mobility on Demand Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator
The Mobility on Demand Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator (IKA) is a partnership between the Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and FTA. The IKA provides technical assistance to support FTA’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox grantees and shares knowledge learned with the larger public transportation industry.
Multi-State Technical Assistance Program
The Multi-State Technical Assistance Program (MTAP), administered by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), provides a forum through which state-level public transportation agencies can communicate with each other about federal transit regulations, grant program management, and technical issues pertaining to everyday administration of public transportation service. MTAP was developed to benefit the member states as well as their Federal program counterparts and local transit operators. Networking among the States is conducted through two annual meetings, peer-to-peer assistance, conference calls, and electronic communication.
Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL)
The Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL) provides a sustainable methodology and platform to access resources across a diverse range of transportation technical assistance centers and FTA. Participating FTA-funded technical assistance centers include:
- National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
- National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT)
- National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)
- National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)
- Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC)
- Transit Workforce Development Technical Assistance Center (TWC)
Transit Cooperative Research Program
The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is sponsored by FTA and serves as one of the principal means by which the public transportation industry develops innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. While not technically a technical assistance center, the TCRP provides useful reports and other tools to help public transportation practitioners solve problems and inform decision makers.
Transit Workforce Development Technical Assistance Center (TWC)
The Transit Workforce Development Technical Assistance Center (TWC) was created by FTA in September 2021 to support public transit agencies’ workforce development needs for all modes and in communities of varying sizes, including urban, tribal, and rural entities. The center helps transit agencies recruit, hire, train, and retain the diverse workforce needed now and in the future. Main initiatives include 1) conducting technical assistance activities within and for transit agencies that promote more effective and efficient training of frontline workers involved in public transportation maintenance and operations; and 2) implementing technical assistance activities through collaborative partnerships between transit agency management and labor, including apprenticeships. Overall, the center is providing opportunities to address social inequities that exist in the transit industry and creating diversity within and among the transit workforce.