About the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST)
Mission and Major Functions
The National Center on Senior Transportation’s mission is to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the United States. NCST achieves this mission by gathering and sharing best practices; providing technical assistance and training; facilitating strategic partnerships and community engagement to support the development and coordination of senior transportation options; developing and disseminating information, including the use of web-based and social media vehicles; and administering demonstration grants, including the nine Person-Centered Mobility Management projects. A collaborative approach involving a wide range of expert partners and consumers underlies all NCST activities.
NCST was authorized in SAFETEA-LU in 2005 and received the endorsement of the Aging Network at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging when delegates selected transportation as the third most important priority for addressing the needs of older adults. The efforts of communities across the nation to help older individuals stay healthy, stay connected and age in place underscore the vital role transportation services play in providing access to needed services and supporting older adults’ quality of life.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, NCST was launched in 2006 and has been administered by Easter Seals, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) ever since (see Projects & Funding). In April 2012, the U.S. DOT, FTA once again selected Easter Seals, Inc. and n4a to administer NCST (see Announcement). Staff is located in the Washington, D.C., offices of Easter Seals and n4a. From the Center’s inception, a national steering committee of experts in senior transportation issues has advised NCST on issues in aging and transportation and ways to achieve NCST’s goals.