The news today:
Georgia’s Older Driver Safety Coalition featured on NCST site
The Georgia Older Driver Task Force is one of six teams selected to participate in an National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-funded older driver safety project. An overview, along with copies of assessment and evaluation materials, is now included on the NCST Web site. Georgia’s team focused on the following areas: organizing an Alternative Transportation Coordinating Council, drafting a legislative proposal, creation of a law enforcement evaluation form and a Physician Awareness Packet. Additional project resources are also available from other states.
Love of Car: Transportation as We Age available both on-line and DVD
The Minnesota Gerontological Society brought together community and national partners (including the National Center on Senior Transportation) to produce a one-hour public television documentary. This project, co-produced with Twin Cities Public Television, is entitled, Love of Car: Transportation as We Age. The documentary focuses on solutions such as driving safety, identifying strategies for driving safer longer, along with finding and using alternative transportation options. Single copies of the Love of Car DVD and related discussion guide are available through the NCST on-line Library.
NCST distance learning events available as audio recordings
Have you missed an NCST training event? NCST has transcripts, supplemental materials and audio recordings for many past distance learning events on our website. For example, you can watch the video recording of our Planning Complete Streets for and Aging America event to learn about how communities can make their streets safe and accessible for all. A complete listing of all events with links to valuable resources is also available.
New AARP guide highlights transportation options
AARP has just released its new 16-page brochure, The Getting Around Guide: An AARP Guide to Walking, Bicycling and Public Transportation. The guide is designed to help consumers take advantage of fun and healthy options for getting around without a car, such as walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation. In addition, the publication highlights benefits of different transportation options, how to find options in your community, and advocacy ideas for small towns, suburban neighborhoods or major metropolitan areas. Copies of the guide are available through AARP by calling 1 (888) 687-2277 or by ordering online through AARP’s Housing and Mobility publications page.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Releases Report on Older Drivers
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a report on older drivers in their June 19, 2010 issue of Status Report. A link to the report can be found on the IIHS homepage. IIHS research finds that, "Contrary to expectations, senior drivers aren’t causing more crashes than they used to. Nor are they dying more often in crashes, even though they hold onto their licenses longer. In fact, the rate of fatal crashes per licensed driver 70 and older declined from 1997 to 2008." For a copy of "Recent Trends in Older Driver Crashes" by I. Cheung and A.T. McCartt, email email@example.com.
NCST Today set for July mailing
Check your mailbox in July for the latest issue of NCST’s quarterly print newsletter NCST Today. Rural senior transportation is the focus of this quarter’s newsletter. Oklahoma and North Dakota programs are featured. Readers will learn about resources offered through the National Rural Transportation Assistance Program and also will be introduced to new members of the NCST National Steering Committee. NCST Today is published quarterly and is available in print or as a downloadable document from the New & Events page of the NSCT Web site.
Easter Seals Project ACTION is hosting an online conference on accessible transportation
Easter Seals Project ACTION and the Transportation Research Board are co-hosting an online conference August 2-5, 2010. The course consists of three 1.5 hour webinars drawn from accessible transportation presentations delivered at the Transportation Research Board’s 89th Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C. in January 2010. Topics to be covered during the course include: accessible taxis, transit technology, public right-of-way accessibility, and transit-oriented development and livable communities. All of the sessions will require Internet access and a telephone connection to fully participate. Registration deadline: July 28.
Sustainable Communities grant funding available for community livability plans
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Transportation have released Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for two Sustainable Communities competitive grants. HUD and the USDOT are awarding up to $75 million as part of Community Challenge Planning Grants for developing plans, strategies or revision of codes to promote livability. HUD also released notice of a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. $100 million in funding is available for two funding categories: Regional Plans for Sustainable Development and Detailed Execution Plans and Programs. Complete NOFAs, application deadlines, eligibility, and local match requirements can be found at the HUD Web site.
Paratransit Dialogue starts July 26—Join the conversation!
Easter Seals Project ACTION will host a two-week, online event during which transportation providers, aging services providers, and human services professionals from across the country will have the opportunity to discuss ADA complementary paratransit, human services paratransit, aging services paratransit, accessible taxi, and volunteer driver programs. Many transportation providers are experiencing challenges and seeking flexible ways to accommodate customers in a time of tight budgets and service cuts. The dialogue takes place July 26 - August 6. Join us this July to share your experiences, paratransit practices, challenges, and recommendations!
EPA Releases Draft FY 2011-2015 Strategic Plan for Public Comment
The Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan is now available for public review and comment. The Agency's Strategic Plan identifies the measurable environmental and human health outcomes the public can expect over the next five years and describes how the EPA intends to achieve those results.
EPA welcomes comments from all stakeholders. To read and comment on the Draft Strategic Plan, go to http://www.regulations.gov/ (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2010-0486). EPA will use stakeholder feedback to prepare the final FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan, which will be released by September 30, 2010. Comments must be received on or before July 30, 2010 for consideration.
EPA has also established a Discussion Forum, available at https://blog.epa.gov/strategicplan, to engage with the public on the cross-cutting fundamental strategies and actions the Agency can take to tangibly change the way we work.