2020 Update to Region 12’s Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan


TARCOG employees within Economic Development and Planning have successfully completed the 2020 update to Region 12’s Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan (HSCTP). This update would not be possible without cooperation and input from various transit providers, purchasers, and stakeholders located throughout the Region. Maintaining this plan is essential to transit services within the region who are eligible for federal funding under Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, as well as additional programs such as Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grants and Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas. The HSCTP assesses public transit services within Region 12 and is maintained in accordance with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU). SAFETEALU required that a regional Coordinated Transit‐Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan) be an element of the Metropolitan and State Transportation Plan. This plan must serve as a strategy to map a course for improving coordination between transportation systems and providers, as well as strengthening transportation services for those with special needs. In 2012, Congress passed a reauthorization of the federal surface transportation act known as “MAP‐21”. As a result of MAP-21 consolidating several special-needs transportation programs identified under SAFETEA-LU, the only freestanding FTA funding program dedicated to special needs population remains Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program. While MAP‐21 consolidated several programs, it retained the requirement for a Coordinated Transit‐Human Services Plan. Additionally, the subsequent Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act extended the coordinated plan requirement for the Section 5310 program. Under MAP‐21, Section 5317 New Freedom program is consolidated with Section 5310 to create an enhanced transportation program. According to federal legislation in SAFETEA‐LU, MAP‐21, and FAST Act, projects selected for funding under the 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, the Job Access and Reverse Commute, and the New Freedom programs must be ‘‘derived from a locally developed Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan’’ and that the plan must be ‘‘developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and participation by the public.’’ This update is part of a larger process undertaken by the Alabama Department of Transportation to involve regional councils in the update of Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plans for all twelve regions within the State. This plan is required to be updated every three years. The next update will take place in 2023. Any questions or comments regarding the 2020 update to the Region 12 Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan can be directed to TARCOG Planner, Erin Tidwell, at erin.tidwell@tarcog.us or (256) 716-2473.

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