July 30, 2018
Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032
Boulder County receives grant to support expanded public engagement in transportation planning
Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Transportation’s Mobility for All (M4A) Program was awarded a $35,000 Inclusive Planning Grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the Community Transportation Association of America. M4A was one of 12 recipients who will receive funds in this round of Transit Planning for All grant awards.
The grant money will be used to expand public engagement during the county’s update of its Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to ensure that the revised TMP is inclusive and responsive to residents’ needs. The updated TMP will address access to new transportation-related technologies, changes in demographics, and promote human-centered mobility and access strategies by removing transportation barriers for all community members, including older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. The public process portion of the TMP update will begin later in 2018. Visit www.BoCoTMP.com to learn more.
M4A promotes accessible, affordable, and equitable, multimodal (transit, bike, ADA accessible, etc.) transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income families.
The three primary elements of the grant-funded project are to create a steering committee (learn more about how to participate below), conduct a community survey, and develop a social media outreach strategy to empower older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in the decision-making process, ensuring decisions are made equitably by hearing a diversity of voices.
“Access to multimodal transportation options for all Boulder County residents is essential to our quality of life and community resiliency,” said Angel L. Bond, Mobility for All Program Manager. “Transportation is the lynchpin to accessing all aspects of our lives – healthcare, jobs, community engagement, grocery shopping, child care, etc. Without accessible, affordable, and equitable transportation options, older adults and people with disabilities cannot age in place and be a vibrant part of the community.”
Apply for the Increase Accessibility Steering Committee
M4A is seeking older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers from diverse backgrounds to serve on the Increase Accessibility Steering Committee, which will meet four times over the next six months to develop transportation priorities. Meetings will be held during the day on weekdays to accommodate paratransit hours of operation. Exact meeting dates, times, and locations will be determined after the committee members have been selected. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact M4A via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-564-2218.