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$11.45 million federal grant will develop transit, mobility tech for underserved groups

January 27, 2021, UW News

For many, moving around is easier thanks to technology. Tools like Google Directions and OneBusAway give up-to-date travel and transit information, making unplanned, serendipitous travel seamless and convenient.

But not everybody has benefitted. Mobility applications focus on efficiency and finding the shortest paths, leaving out information critical to people with disabilities, older adults and anybody needing more support.

Now, the University of Washington is leading a team working toward a solution. Two UW centers, together with Microsoft, Google, Washington Department of Transportation and other public and private partners, are collaborating on the Transportation Data Equity Initiative.

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U.S. Department of Transportation announces awards for innovative technologies to improve transportation mobility and access for persons with disabilities

January 6, 2021, U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded over $38 million to five projects through its  Complete Trip – ITS4US Deployment Program. The projects will enable communities to showcase innovative business partnerships, technologies, and practices that promote independent mobility for all. The three-phased effort brings together public-sponsored and private-sponsored research. It also will create large-scale, replicable deployments that generate increased mobility options across multiple modes of transportation to address the challenges of planning and executing complete trips. 

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