The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said it is increasing its investment in inclusive transportation with funding of close to $50 million to increase inclusive transportation options for people with disabilities and other underserved groups.
With nearly $50 million which would be allotted across three new initiatives to enhance transportation options for people with disabilities, older adults and low-income Americans, it is believed that great inclusion will come to the transportation sector.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it is increasing its investment in inclusive transportation to increase inclusive transportation options for people with disabilities and other underserved groups. “Inclusive transportation is something we need to work on, we cannot just make our street accessible and forget about transportation across those accessible routes, we will be spending $50 million on inclusive transportation initiative, we will have to identify new ways to provide more efficient, affordable and accessible transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults and other underserved communities. We will focus on three initiatives to drastically reduce the challenges in accessing essential transportation services,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
According to the DOT, close to $40 million will go to communities to showcase technologies, innovative business partnerships and practices that help boost inclusive transportation while $5 million will be made available as cash prizes for an Inclusive Design Challenge, the challenge will showcase innovations that can help improve the accessibility of autonomous vehicles while another $3.5 million will go toward projects that enhance transportation options such as, connecting people with jobs, education and health services.
“We are focused on streamlining the multiple steps involved in traveling between locations into a smooth and seamless trip,” said K. Jane Williams, acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.
The Transportation Department said it has increased its spending on research related to accessibility by 50 percent in the last 3 years and it is hoping to do more.