United We Ride
REGION 10 Bulletin: 05-07
SUBJECT: United We Ride
DATE: June 7, 2005
Jennifer Dorn, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and I would like to share an important new Report to the President on Human Service Transportation Coordination. Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta chairs the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), the group that prepared the report. CCAM is composed of ten Cabinet-level members from the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, and the Social Security Administration, as well as the National Council on Disability.
The report outlines recommendations to strengthen existing transportation services to be more cost-effective and accountable, and to help providers improve services for people with disabilities, lower income families, and older adults. Additionally, the report includes collective and department-level action plans intended to simplify access, reduce duplication, and enhance cost efficiencies across Federal programs.
FTA has identified several activities to address the requirements of the Executive Order, including providing technical assistance to help States and communities enhance coordinated transportation. This includes the implementation of the Framework for Action, a self-assessment tool for developing comprehensive coordinated human service transportation systems.
I hope that you will take the time to review this report and its recommendations. It is available on the United We Ride website (www.unitedweride.gov), which can also be accessed through the FTA website (www.fta.dot.gov). Successful coordination will require leadership and partnerships at the Federal, State, and local level. We look forward to working with you as we improve transportation services for all Americans.
R. F. Krochalis