If you are interested in learning how agencies are supporting older adults in learning to use fixed-route public transit services such as the bus, please join MassMobility at an upcoming event at Greater Lynn Senior Services from 10:00am to noon on September 24th.
Attendees will hear from aging services providers that have incorporated travel instruction into their offerings. Travel instruction is the professional activity of helping older adults or people with disabilities learn the information and skills they need to ride fixed-route public transit independently and safely. Continue reading
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and local officials in Springfield to announce funding awards totaling $5.1 million to eighteen communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for people walking, biking, taking transit, and using other forms of transportation.
The Complete Streets program is also an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities looking for funding support to improve the physical environment of their city or town. For those communities interested in becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly that are receiving an award, this funding could be a good kick-start to a local initiative and help bring stakeholder together. Continue reading
The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will accept comments on the draft Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation (CPT–HST) Plan, also called the Coordinated Plan, (pdf) (html) until September 16, 2019.
The Coordinated Plan supports improved coordination of transportation for seniors and people with disabilities in the Boston region. This plan guides transportation providers who are developing proposals in the Boston region to request funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Program. To be eligible for funding, a proposal must meet a need identified in the Coordinated Plan. Continue reading
Back in June, AARP hosted a Rural Livability Conference, which touched on a range of issues from housing and transportation to broadband access and extreme weather preparedness. Continue reading
Thanks to our partners at MassMobility, the Healthy Aging Collaborative is passing on a new funding stream from MassDOT, which announced a new workforce transportation funding opportunity, with applications due September 27. Continue reading
Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack recently joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, local officials, and transportation advocates at a groundbreaking event in Natick to release the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and to celebrate the start of construction on the latest segment of the Cochituate Rail Trail.
Access the full Bicycle Plan and the full Pedestrian Plan. Continue reading
Staff of Councils on Aging (COAs), Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs), and other aging services providers are invited to a presentation on tools to help older adults find and use local transportation options, as well as strategies organizations can use to fill gaps in the transportation network.
The presentation will be offered by MassMobility, an initiative of the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Continue reading
The 2019 Dangerous by Design report ranks states and metropolitan areas throughout the United States according to how dangerous the roadways are for pedestrians. Continue reading
Continuing efforts to support the state’s vast network of trails, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $5 million in MassTrails Grants to 71 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The grants will provide assistance for the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails throughout the state trails system, such as hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Polito during an event in Lowell. Continue reading
Whether urban, rural or subruban, transportation is raised as a key issue and concern in communities of all sizes. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is fortunate to work with MassMobility that shares resources and funding opportunities for cities and towns working towards becoming more Age-Friendly. Continue reading