In 2019, GPCOG staff partnered with Mobility Liaisons to develop and pilot the Community Transportation Leaders Program. The training and resulting peer-to-peer community is part of a larger effort by GPCOG and PACTS to advance the inclusion of underrepresented communities – including older adults, people with disabilities, and people of color. The program is focused on:
Supporting community members to gain the knowledge and tools needed for meaningful participation in transportation planning and decision-making.
Providing a peer-to-peer network to assist participants in acting on the goals they set.
Enabling decision-makers to hear directly from participants about the transportation needs and experiences of underrepresented communities.
Acting as a gateway for participation in transportation decision-making
In January 2020, the inaugural class of 23 engaged and energized Community Transportation Leaders presented to the PACTS Executive Committee about their top transportation concerns – including why they matter and their ideas for solutions. They distributed a booklet including transcripts of their presentations, as well as additional concerns and ideas from participants.
The program was made possible with funding through the Transit Planning 4 All initiative, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living and the Federal Transit Administration.
Join the Community Transportation Leaders Program!
We are recruiting people to join the Community Transportation Leaders Program! The program invites people who have experienced barriers in transportation including young adults (over the age of 18), older adults, people with disabilities, people with lower incomes, and people of color. The program will run from November 2021 through June 2022. Find out more here.