CCAM members, meeting at USDOT headquarters on October 29, 2019, show off the strategic plan.
October 29, 2019 -- during the USDOT Access and Mobility for All Summit
Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Access and Mobility for All Grant Program, which seeks to enhance access to community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low incomes. The $3.5-million program funds projects that enable transportation connections to jobs, schools and health services.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the ability to use any HHS funding for transportation as match to FTA grants programs: the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, Rural Formula Grants and Tribal Transit Formula Grants. View the Summit webcast (1:03–1:19).
November 5, 2019 -- USDOT launched an initiative to develop technology to help agencies better track and coordinate transportation costs by trip. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Cost Allocation Technology for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) project will develop cost allocation technology to reconcile federal reporting and agency funding to harmonize financial systems. This will enable transportation providers to more easily coordinate transportation for passengers eligible to receive transportation through different human services programs. The initiative offers potential to save taxpayer funding and encourages agencies to share resources, reduce redundancy and streamline programs to serve more people with fewer resources. See U.S. DOT SBIR FY 2019 Solicitation Document, page 53.
On October 29, 2019, members of CCAM met at the U.S. Department of Transportation and approved a strategic plan guiding agencies’ individual and joint efforts to improve transportation coordination.
- See our CCAM Summary of Recent Activities, which will be updated quarterly.
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:
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.
Equal access to coordinated transportation for all Americans
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.
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.