Transportation accessibility is a key area for disability rights and advocacy and impacts disabled people around the globe. For many disabled people, lack of accessible transportation options impedes their freedom of movement, impacting their ability to participate fully in their communities. The project described below is an example of disability-led research on a local scale, with findings and implications that can be of use to the disability community in advocacy, policy, and emerging practices in transportation accessibility solutions.
TRACS Research & Community Engagement Project
TRACS (Transportation Resilience, Accessibility & Climate Sustainability) was created by a partnership between the World Institute on Disability and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a research and community engagement project. We’ve completed this two-and-half year project and now are pleased to present our findings and resources.
Our overall goal has been to stimulate connection and communication between the community of seniors & people with disabilities together with the transportation system– the agencies in the region local to the San Francisco bay, served by MTC. We hope for these communities to work together for optimal mobility and enjoyable use by users of the existing services, as well as to improve the accessibility of these services. Our slogan is “Ensuring Access is Everyone’s Responsibility.”
Improving these systems will require action and engagement. There are no “watch-dog” systems for accessibility even those proscribed by law. This is true for all disability rights policies and regulations. People in the community must connect and communicate their needs and expectations to services agencies and the officials responsible for them. There are many ways to do this, which we offer here.
TRACS began our process with investigating and documenting the state of accessibility of our local transportation systems. We created an active ten-member Policy Advisory Group, then moved forward with conducting interviews, focus groups, surveys and workshops, to offer information and invite input from all our stakeholder communities.
Our results are presented in the many documents on this site. We offer reports on our findings, and a multiplicity of resources and tools for use in a wide range of ways. All of these documents are downloadable. We strongly encourage wide sharing of the contents of this site.
Thank you for your interest in “ensuring access!”
The TRACS team
TRACS is a 2.5-year research, policy analysis and public education initiative to improve collaboration between transportation agencies and people with disabilities in the 9-county San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma) This project has been funded through the “Sustainable Communities” focus of Caltrans SB1 Grant program.
We thank our project sponsor, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as well as our Policy Advisory Group, staff, and all our program participants, for their commitment to accessibility.
Marsha Saxton, TRACS Project Director, World Institute on Disability
Drennen Shelton, Shimon Israel, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Introduction to Transportation Access and the Disability Rights Movement
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Model Programs for Collaboration with the Disability Community and Transportation Organizations (PDF) | Model Programs for Collaboration with the Disability Community and Transportation Organizations (Word document)
Emergencies & Disasters
Paratransit Roles and Responsibilities Critical Transportation Tabletop Exercise After Action Report (PDF) | Paratransit Roles and Responsibilities Critical Transportation Tabletop Exercise After Action Report (Word doc)
Recording of the Workshop for Disability Community with captions and ASL:
Policy and Training Tools and Resources
Disability-Accessible Recreation Resources Accessible through Bay Area Public Transportation Services (PDF) | Disability-Accessible Recreation Resources Accessible through Bay Area Public Transportation Services (Word doc)
Emergencies & Disasters
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