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The Accessible Transportation Technical Support Project (ATTS)

Easter Seals Project ACTION Offers In-Depth Technical Support to Improve Accessible Transportation

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) is pleased to offer the Accessible Transportation Technical Support Project (ATTS). As a Federal Transit

   2012 ATCI team from Mat-Su Borough, Alaska.

Administration technical assistance center on accessible transportation, ESPA has a long history of promoting systems-change efforts across the country. These efforts have made transportation more accessible to countless numbers of people, including those with disabilities.

In more than ten years of concerted efforts to help local stakeholders develop long-range plans, ESPA has helped over 100 communities create the changes they envisioned. Following their work with ESPA’s programs, communities have:

  • Created new transportation options by coordinating and maximizing existing resources
  • Developed one-call resource centers
  • Launched outreach efforts to  build community support for public transportation
  • Brought planners and advocates together to improve the pedestrian environment
  • Created travel training programs fostering the independence of people with disabilities while reducing paratransit costs

Whether your community would like to strengthen local coordinating efforts to address transportation solutions for riders with disabilities or is interested in targeted technical assistance to improve or develop policies and operations, ATTS could be right for you! 

What does ATTS offer?

  • Experts in the fields of transportation and disability advocacy to assist in designing a plan to target your goals using a proven systems-change model
  • Ongoing technical support focused on real-world solutions that would adapt to changes in your community
  • A variety of ways to connect with ESPA remotely, including via teleconference, webinars, community forums, or video conferencing, at no cost to your community
  • Peer-to-peer connections to help guide you in your efforts

What can ATTS do for your community?

ESPA will craft each ATTS technical assistance project specifically to support your community’s unique goals. Efforts that may be well-served by participation in ATTS could include but are not limited to:

  • Forming a local coalition to improve accessible transportation
  • Transforming high-level planning efforts into actionable steps
  • Improving accessibility in your community to be consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Exploring ways to meet accessibility needs above and beyond the ADA
  • Maximizing the effectiveness of existing transportation resources
  • Increasing ridership through marketing and outreach

How to Apply for ATTS

Applications for the ATTS project are not currently being accepted.  Please check the ESPA online newsletter, the EXTRA and your email for information on future Easter Seals Project ACTION training and technical assistance activities, including ATTS.

If you have questions regarding ATTS, contact Kristi McLaughlin at (800) 659-6428 or via email at

2013 ATTS Communities


ESPA is currently working with 31 teams selected during 2013. As these teams progress and reach their goals, updates of their status will be added below.   

  • Acton, Massachusetts
  • Atlanta Region, Georgia
  • Bristol Bay, Alaska
  • Central Iowa
  • Chautauqua, New York
  • Cobb County, Georgia
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana 
  • Guernsey County, Ohio
  • Houston, Texas (Focus on Veterans Transportation)
  • Houston, Texas (Focus on Travel Training)
  • Jefferson County, Missouri
  • La Porte, Indiana
  • Lee County, South Carolina
  • Longview, Texas
  • Metro Baltimore, Maryland
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Montrose, Colorado
  • Newaygo County, Michigan
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Northern Utah
  • Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Rio, New Mexico
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • San Diego County, California
  • South Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Southwestern Minnesota
  • Targhee, Idaho
  • Tompkins County, New York
  • Washington, DC
  • Waukesha County, Wisconsin
  • Wood County, Ohio

Communities in ACTION

As mentioned above, in more than ten years of concerted efforts to help local stakeholders develop long-range plans, ESPA has helped over 100 communities create the changes they envisioned. Programs in the past focusing on systems-change efforts include the Accessible Transportation Coalitions Initiative (ATCI) and the Mobility Planning Services Institute (MPS).  For information on the successes of our previous ATCI communities, visit the ATCI Communities in ACTION page.  Download the Mobility Planning Services Retrospective to read about the accomplishments of a sampling of MPS and ATCI teams from 2001 to 2010.


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