Every Day Counts Initiative; Request for Information DOT Federal Highway Administration — Department of Transportation

This is not a solicitation for proposals, applications, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this RFI notice is to conduct market research to identify proven innovations. This RFI must not be construed as a commitment by the Government to make an award, nor does the Government intend to directly or indirectly pay for any information or responses submitted as a result of this RFI. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this RFI may be used by the Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. Respondents should not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

For more information, see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249979.


Notice of Funding Availability DOT/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — Department of Transportation

The goal of the Safety Data Improvement Program grant funding is to provide financial and technical assistance to States to facilitate the collection of accurate, complete, and timely data on all large commercial truck and bus crashes that involve a fatality, injury, or a vehicle towed from the crash scene. The FMCSA uses data collected by States to update inventories and monitor compliance of motor carrier companies, measure the condition of vehicle fleets, track the driving records of licensed operators, and record crashes involving CMVs on public roadways. High-quality, timely data in each of these areas is crucial to the mission of improving the safety of CMVs.

For more information, see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249974.


TRANS4M Seeks Fall 2013 Fellows

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is seeking a talented full-time (40 hours) fellow to support various activities of the Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) Coalition beginning September 9 thru December 20, 2013.

Under the supervision on the Trans4M Coordinator, the fellow will work on a variety of projects related to the Coalition, with a focus on legislation and policy research, analytical report writing, and social media and blog communications. Additionally, this fellow will have the opportunity to undertake short-term policy research projects, meet with state policymakers, take part in special events and field trips, and attend committee meetings and sessions of the Legislature.

This fellowship includes a stipend and can be used for college credit. Individual must work 40 hours per week; 24 hours per week at the MEC office (602 W. Ionia St., Lansing, MI) and remaining 16 hours can be completed offsite. Bus pass included in stipend.

Ideal applicant will:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated;
  • Basic familiarity with research, outreach and engagement activities;
  • Strong skills in verbal and written communication with diverse audiences;
  • Have a basic understanding of current transportation policy issues and public policy;
  • Be self-motivated and self-directed, seeking guidance when appropriate; and
  • Have a good sense of humor and a strong ability to collaborate with others.

For more information, see http://trans4m.org/2013/07/01/trans4m-seeks-fall-2013-fellows.


TRB RFP: Examining the Effects of Separate Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Brokerages on Transportation Coordination

The Medicaid program is the federal government’s largest provider of human services transportation (HST), spending between $2 and $3 billion annually on non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). The successful coordination of federally funded human services transportation is affected by the extent to which resources for NEMT are coordinated with and complement public transit and human services transportation. Because the Medicaid program is administered by states, which are able to set their own rules and regulations within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) framework, coordination of NEMT with public transit and human services transportation is highly dependent on state Medicaid agencies’ policies and priorities.

Over the past decade, many states have made significant progress coordinating NEMT with other federally funded transportation services, most often by allowing local or regional organizations to broker NEMT trips with numerous other trip types. This approach results in transportation resources and costs being shared across multiple programs and transportation providers.

Medicaid NEMT presents both opportunities and challenges for public transit and human services transportation providers wishing to coordinate more closely the various trips being provided in their service areas. The most frequently cited examples of coordination typically involve NEMT, ADA paratransit (provided by public transit agencies), and human services trips coordinated on a local or regional basis. In recent years, numerous state Medicaid programs have separated their transportation services from local or regionally coordinated transportation systems in order to create a statewide or regional brokerage for all NEMT trips. This approach is often pursued for cost savings, fraud deterrence, and/or administrative efficiency. Transportation coordination and mobility management professionals have expressed concerns about this trend, saying that it leads to less coordination, more service duplication, loss of local revenue for transportation providers, trip shifting, and challenges for transportation of disadvantaged people who may be required to book trips through multiple systems, depending on their type of trip.

Most research conducted on NEMT brokerages has focused on the impacts on the specific Medicaid program and agency. Meanwhile, the broader fiscal, coordination, and customer service effects of statewide Medicaid NEMT brokerages have not been fully studied. As more states consider the statewide or regional brokerage options for NEMT, it is important to determine (1) what the larger outcomes are for human services transportation and public transit, (2) what motivates states to establish separate NEMT brokerages, and (3) what the actual costs and benefits are.

For more information, see http://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=3541.


USDOT Grants Available

Department of Transportation
DOT/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Demonstration to Promote Motorcycle Helmet Use
Modification 5

Department of Transportation
DOT – Office of Aviation Analysis
Small Community Air Service Development Program

Department of Transportation
DOT/Federal Railroad Administration
FY13-OLI-Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Education and Enforcement Program


Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan, the Dow Sustainability Fellows program includes a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels.

Project proposals for the Distinguished Awards competition must describe a compelling effort to solve a specific sustainability challenge. Winning proposals will:

  • Prominently feature interdisciplinary work, blending applied science, engineering, business, behavior, and policy considerations as appropriate.
  • Clearly articulate a new and innovative concept (e.g., process, policy, program, service, technology, product, etc.).
  • Have the potential for significant societal benefits and sustainability impact.
  • Demonstrate a well-crafted premise with convincing data and/or analysis
  • Have scalable attributes and a strong chance for success.
  • Be achievable within the proposed budget and include a firm commitment to implement the project, if funded.

Awards are intended to foster collaborations across university units, therefore strong preference will be given to teams with diverse composition with representation across disciplines and academic levels. Ideally, each team would consist of:

  • at least one faculty advisor
  • 3-6 students representing at least three distinct disciplines
  • at least one U-M masters/professional degree student
  • at least one U-M doctoral student or postdoctoral scholar
  • at least one Dow Fellow from the masters/professional, doctoral, or postdoctoral level

Proposals are reviewed by an independent committee of U-M faculty and external practitioners from business, government, and civil society. It is envisioned that multiple project proposals in a calendar year will win Distinguished Awards. No single award will exceed $100,000 and the total of all awards granted in a given year cannot exceed $150,000. All award funds must be used for project implementation. Disbursement of funds will be staged and will be contingent upon satisfactory progress and achievement of pre-identified project milestones.

Project teams must be registered by May 1 of each calendar year, project proposals are due in mid-September and award winners are announced in November. Award winners are required to present their projects, including progress toward implementation, on the U-M campus in early April of the following year before a distinguished and diverse group of external sustainability practitioners.

For more information, see http://sustainability.umich.edu/distinguished-awards-interdisciplinary-sustainability.