The federal government has selected Evanston as one of eight communities to receive an $85,000 grant to conduct a transportation study for at-risk adults.

The research, part of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships program, will focus on the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

Community partners in the study will include Northwestern University, Pace Bus, Over the Rainbow Association, North Shore Village, Shore Community Services, Housing Options, The Merion, and the Age Friendly Task Force.

Working with these community partners, the city will analyze current and future travel demand patterns within Evanston and generate solutions for filling transportation gaps, such as circulator shuttles, on-demand ride services, peer-to-peer van sharing among community groups and living communities, and more.

The grant project recognizes the important role of transportation services in promoting access and inclusion for all service users in Evanston, according to a news release from the city.

Evanston’s grant application was one of only eight out of a field of 50 applications selected. Funding and support for the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Community Living, Community Transportation Association of America, Easter Seals, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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