In 2019, GPCOG staff partnered with Mobility Liaisons to develop and pilot the Community Transportation Leaders Training Program. The training 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. PACTS is exploring offering the training on an ongoing basis. The pilot, including development of a curriculum for future use, was made possible with special funding from the Transit Planning 4 All initiative. Training program goals include:
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 participants 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.