The Importance of Rural Transportation to People with Disabilities: Reauthorization of Transportation Act


Transcript from CART for this IL Conversation


September 7, 2011       



The Importance of Rural Transportation to People with Disabilities:

An Update on Reauthorization of the Transportation Act 


James Corless, Director of Transportation for America

Tim Sheehan, ED - CIL of Western Wisconsin

Alexandra Enders – RTC: Rural, University of Montana

Join us to: 

  • Get an update on where we are on reauthorization of the Transportation Act in 2011-12. Are we looking at a 2 or 6 year bill or an extension? 
  • Hear what parts of the current law are working in Rural America, what needs to be changed and how. 
  • Ideas for filling gaps in accessible transportation – proposed consolidation of 5310, 5316 (JARC), 5317 (New Freedom) Grant Programs.
  • Accessible vs. Available – What’s the difference? 
  • Share ideas and experiences from a rural CIL perspective.   

Documents for today's call: 

Policy Brief:  Filling the Gaps in Accessible Transportation

 Fact Sheet: Transportation's Section 5310: Where are we Going?

Fact Sheet definitions - What is Accessible V8

These are the links for the TRB report: Rural Transit Achievements: Assessing the Outcomes of   Increased Funding for Rural Passenger Services Under SAFETEA-LU   

 Position papers: 

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