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The Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) focuses on research to improve the mobility of travelers with disabilities through the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and other advanced technologies. ATTRI aims to work cooperatively with research partners to leverage technologies and innovations from Federal ITS and related disability research and development activities to improve accessible transportation for travelers with disabilities, and extend these benefits to all travelers.
The ATTRI program leads the research, development, and implementation of transformative solutions, applications, or systems for all people, including those with disabilities, to effectively plan their travel. ATTRI will enhance the capability of these travelers to reliably, safely, and independently execute their travel plans.
ATTRI will identify, develop, and deploy new transformative applications or systems, along with supporting policies and institutional guidance, to address the mobility challenges of travelers with disabilities.
•Is lack of adequate transportation a problem?
•Twice as many people with disabilities say it is important to their Daily Living Needs
•76% say it is important to their job search
•29% consider it a significant problem in accessing jobs  [1]
ATTRI research focuses on the needs of three stakeholder groups: people with disabilities, veterans, and older adults. ATTRI will develop technological solutions to remove barriers to transportation according to four functional disabilities: visual, hearing, cognitive, and mobility.
ATTRI solutions will leverage advances in vehicle and infrastructure-based technologies, automation, robotics, and wireless communication to develop solutions for accessible transportation.
1. Andrea Lubin and Devajyoti Deka, “The Role of Public Transportation as a Job Access Mode: Lessons from a Survey of Persons with
Disabilities in New Jersey”, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 2011
Loprest, P., and E. Maag. Barriers to and Supports for Work Among Adults with Disabilities: Results 33 from the NHIS-D. The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., 2001.
ATTRI is looking at 5 technology areas in order to research and develop accessible transportation applications:
•wayfinding and navigation,
•automation and robotics,
•ITS and assistive technologies,
•data integration, and
•enhhanced human service transportation
One of the biggest accomplishments of ATTRI was building a large collaborative network of USDOT research programs, federal partners, research institutions, private industry and even international partners.