how to do we prepare for future baby boomers and their concerns when it comes to getting around
how to we serve communities with seniors who do not have access?
immigrant populations and how do we serve their needs
how do we bring these issues up with local government agencies to make these issues priorities?
how do we get fixed route bus service access to those with disabilities
do we prioritize those with ADA bus service over those without?
what are some innovative ways?
Provide equal access to transit with those with disabilities.
- How do we keep up with the high demand?
-For example, Uber for Seniors: make discount program
----> large fleets of car-sharing vehicles make up for what buses could not? these vehicles would drive around seniors because a lot of the time buses are full and get left behind. Also, these driver should get special ADA training
-how do we educate the public about those with disabilities?
-prevent those with disabilities being treated differently- helping the public empathize with those with disabilities
-Senior Mobile Advocacy
Increasing Senior Mobility- technology that can help accommodate traffic signals and adjusting for the elderly and ADA
Bond HInnovation economy: technology as a function of the economy. Innovation comes from our perspective of the problem.
Blurring of lines between public and private sector. Private buses provide services that used to be mainly provided through public funding. But their customers are different. Did those customers even ride the public services before?
What is equity? The ability to participate. Whether you chose to do so or not is your choice. Having more than one choice (not being locked in due to lack of means).
Things always changing. We look at the past and plan/try new things. But then things change. Do we try to predict the future or plan based on now/what we've studied?
It's important to talk to the people we are trying to make things equal for (but this is still the current situation or even the past by the time the study is analyzed, those people may not know where they will be in the next 5-20 years)
Do we try to change the transportation system or do we change our development? TODs or dense mixed-use can change transit needs.
What is the root cause of disparity? Land use
Concept of #withnotfor. Working groups of riders with transit planners. Community leaders and public feedback integrated. Charettes.
Issues of communities in different places with different configurations:
Suburban cities who want to know how Metro is meeting their needs