The Transportation Resilience, Accessibility & Climate Sustainability (TRACS) Project was created by a partnership between MTC and the World Institute on Disability (WID) as a two-and-a-half year research and community engagement project.
The program’s goal was to stimulate connection and communication between the disabled community and Bay Area transportation agencies.
Visit the World Institute on Disability (WID) website to learn more.
In 2018, Caltrans awarded a Senate Bill 1 planning grant to MTC and WID for the Sustainable Communities and Climate Resilience for People with Disabilities project. Regionally, this project is known as the Transportation Resilience, Accessibility and Climate Sustainability Project.
MTC applied for and was awarded the grant in partnership with WID. While MTC provided fiscal oversight and project support, WID led the project. Project tasks included demographic and data collection, community engagement, needs assessments and the development of training webinars for disabled transportation consumers and transportation agencies. The project’s slogan was “Ensuring Access Is Everyone’s Responsibility.”
A New Model of Collaboration
People with disabilities are disproportionately low-income, transit-dependent and more vulnerable to natural disasters. Transportation agencies and planners lack sufficient data and insight into travel needs, preferred modes of transportation, and the vulnerabilities of disabled transit users.
The TRACS project has now presented recommendations relevant to transportation agencies, county transportation agencies, MTC, people with disabilities and their advocates to establish a new model of collaboration in which the disability community and transportation planners establish long-term partnerships.
Drennen Shelton, MTC Funding Policy & Programs
Phone: (415) 778-5309