Mobility for All
GPCOG supports a transportation network that works for everyone through several initiatives.
Use Your Voice to Improve Transportation Across Greater Portland!
GPCOG is looking for older adults, people with disabilities, and people of color to take part in the Community Transportation Leaders training program. The program will allow participants to work with decision-makers to create a better transportation system in the region. The training is part of GPCOG’s Inclusive Planning Project (see below).
Participants will get trained in how to effectively champion changes to our transportation system. Participants who complete the training will receive a $250 stipend and certification. Rides provided and/or reimbursed.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-200-3963. Placements will happen after September 30th.
For more details, download the information sheet:
Making transportation planning inclusive
GPCOG is engaging underrepresented communities – including older adults, people with disabilities, and people of color so they can have a stronger voice in regional transportation planning.
The Inclusive Transportation Planning Project will produce new practices to ensure that transportation planning takes into account the views of those who typically are left out of the decision-making process but whose lives are often affected the most.
In 2019, GPCOG developed the Inclusive Transportation Planning Toolkit to support planners, consultants, and municipalities in advancing access to public involvement. The Toolkit will be finalized and shared with will develop and Pilot the Community Transportation Leaders training program. The training program will support community members to gain the knowledge and tools needed for meaningful participation in transportation planning and decision-making.
Representing lived experience as a Mobility Liaison
Mobility Liaisons are individuals who have personal experience with mobility and transportation challenges (this might be because of disability, age, income, language, or other reasons), the ability to describe challenges faces by themselves and their peers, and a solutions-oriented and problem-solving mindset. Mobility Liaisons will share their expertise and ideas with GPCOG through completing at least two hours per month of activities related to the GPCOG Mobility and Access initiatives. Examples include: recruiting other stakeholders, collecting feedback, assisting with a focus group, or promoting a survey. Mobility Liaisons also participate on the Transportation & Community Well-Being Network email group.
Partnering for better access
In 2017, GPCOG launched the Transportation & Community Well-Being Network, which brings together key stakeholders to share information and work together on improving transportation access and options for people who experience barriers. The Network includes more than 80 stakeholders from sectors impacted by transportation barriers, as well as individuals with first-hand experience, including older adults, people with disabilities and people of color.The network meets the third Tuesday of each month on the lower level of the Portland Public Library from 10:30 to noon.
New members welcome! Contact GPCOG Project Manager Zoe Miller at email@example.com.
Connecting people to food outlets with Shopper Links
GPCOG is working with partners in South Portland to pilot a city-wide program that provides free and low-cost, door-to-door rides to grocery stores and food pantries for older adults and people with disabilities – using a weekly shopper shuttle and GoGoGrandparent service.
Get around without owning a car. The Southern Maine Mobility Guide shows how.
GPCOG worked with partners on the Transportation & Community Well-Being Network to develop a guide to transportation resources in Cumberland and York Counties. Download the guide here. The guide is available in print copies through local libraries or by contacting Zoe Miller 774-9891, ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.