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LEAD PARTNERS Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)

September 30, 2013

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national association of organizations and individuals committed to removing barriers to isolation and to improving mobility for all people. CTAA formed as an organization back in the late 1980s when two national associations—the National Association for Transportation Alternatives and Rural America—combined to become CTAA. Since that time, the organization’s board, members and staff have played a variety of roles in federal/national, state and local arenas to raise the importance of mobility in ensuring health and wellness, economic self-sufficiency and community in our nation. CTAA is a Knowledge Transfer Consortium partner of the LEAD Center. The LEAD Center Knowledge Transfer Consortium partners share information about the LEAD Center and its work with their networks.

CTAA is a national membership organization, has a professional development and training arm and also staffs several national technical assistance programs all geared to support transportation capacity building in local communities. Some highlights of CTAA’s work include:

1.    CTAA co-leads the new National Center for Mobility Management, in partnership with Easter Seals and the American Public Transportation Association. The goal of the center is to facilitate communities in adopting transportation strategies, such as mobility management, one-call/one-click transportation services and coordinated service delivery. The Center works with transportation, human services, workforce development, education and other arenas to build partnerships to improve mobility options for persons with disabilities, older adults, low-wage residents, veterans and other residents. For information, visit the Center’s website at www.NationalMobilityManagementCenter.org, which will go live in October.

2.    CTAA has joined with National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Easter Seals and Westat to implement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. The mission of this project is to demonstrate the value that inclusive processes can bring to transportation efforts. Currently 17 communities are developing, testing and demonstrating ways to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems.  For more information, visit www.transitplanning4all.org.

3.    As part of its U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded rural and tribal technical assistance programs, CTAA provides short- and long-term support to tribal and rural communities to enhance economic growth and development by improving transportation services. These programs are a great opportunity for community organizations to expand transportation to advance employment for adults with disabilities. For more information, visit www.ctaa.org.

CTAA’s vision of America's public and community transportation future–the cause it serves–is based upon fundamental values that are as old as the nation itself. Freedom, independence, dignity and choice are as much at the heart of the debate for building an accessible society as they have been in building a free society. There is never an end to the work to create a free society, and there will never be an end to CTAA’s work to build a more mobile society. Both of these noble pursuits remain great works in progress.

For more information about CTAA, visit their website at www.ctaa.org.