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Webinar: Shared Mobility for People with Disabilities — Challenges and Opportunities for Paratransit

September 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Join the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and leading public-sector experts to discuss new approaches transit agencies are exploring to increase flexibility and responsiveness of paratransit services for users while reducing costs and complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

Webinar Details:  
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain / 1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern


Welcome & Overview of Mobility On Demand (MOD) & Accessibility Considerations

  • Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Sharon will moderate the webinar, provide a brief overview of traditional paratransit service models, and offer an introduction to ways different MOD strategies and can be used to serve persons with disabilities.

Vision for Shared Mobility and an Integrated Transportation Network

  • Rik Opstelten, Office of Mobility Innovation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Rik will offer a vision for how MOD can be used to create a more integrated transportation system, with special attention to serving persons with disabilities and the use of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV).

Working within the Rules & Regulations:  ADA and Paratransit Requirements

  • Bonnie Graves, Attorney-Advisor at Federal Transit Administration

Bonnie will discuss the regulatory framework around ADA & Paratransit and how the ADA applies to MOD.

The Ride On Demand: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) On-Demand Pilot Project

  • Ben Schutzman, Director of Paratransit, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Ben will discuss The Ride On Demand pilot project, which is aimed at serving persons with disabilities through a partnership with Uber and Lyft. Ben will cover the details of the pilot project including contract negotiations, data sharing and lessons learned as well as how these partnerships have been used to offer additional transportation options for persons with disabilities.

RideKC Freedom, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Pilot Project 

  • Jameson Auten, Chief, Regional Service Delivery & Innovation, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Jameson will discuss the RideKC Freedom pilot project, which provides a multi-modal platform to offer increased transportation options for persons with disabilities. Jameson will cover the process involved to take this project from early design to implementation, covering such topics as procurement strategies, data collection, and the development of an integrated app.


Reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

This public webinar is part of the Federal Transit Administration-supported Mobility-On Demand (MOD) Sandbox Information Knowledge Accelerator (IKA), supporting current and future MOD projects.

The Mobility on Demand Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator is operated as a cooperative agreement between the Shared-Use Mobility Center and the Federal Transit Administration Mobility On Demand Sandbox project.

Please email albert@sharedusemobilitycenter.org with any questions.


September 26, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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