Transit - Human Services

Transit-Human Services

CDTC engages with CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) to plan for transit. CDTA's BusPlus system evolved from seeds planted in the first New Visions regional transportation plan adopted in the 1990's. Transit planning initiatives have included concept planning and alternatives analysis of three BusPlus lines, one of which is operating on Route 5 between downtown Albany and downtown Schenectady. CDTA regularly assesses and refines its route system including small adjustments related to changes in land use to the complete restructuring of the routes in a community. CDTA is a key partner to CDTC, serving not only as CDTC's host agency but also as a key member of CDTC's Policy Board.

In addition to transit planning, federal transportation legislation requires a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The plan identifies potential projects for Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds available through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as administered by NYSDOT.

The current Coordinated Plan adopted in 2015 includes:

  • An inventory and assessment of available services that identifies current transportation providers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors;
  • An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with limited means;
  • Strategies to address identified gaps in service and achieve efficiencies in service delivery and eliminate or reduce duplication in services for more efficient utilization of resources;
  • Priorities and/or projects based on resources, time, and feasibility for implementing the specific strategies/activities identified.

The Capital District Coordinated Plan was developed with the assistance of the Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC). The RTCC is maintained by CDTC and composed of representatives of public, private and non-profit human services transportation providers and others. The RTCC guides the implementation of the Coordinated Plan and works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services.

Public Transportation-Human Service Transportation Resources

Current Coordinated Plan adopted September 3, 2015

Past Coordinated Plans

2011 adopted September 15, 2011

2007

Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is the public transportation provider and designated recipient of federal transit funds in the Capital District. CDTA offfers fixed route transit along with several mobility services for those with special needs:

For Schedules, Trip Planning and other CDTA information, visit CDTA's Website.

Access Transit is a subsidiary of CDTA which brokers transportation for Medicaid clients in the Capital District.

Star (Special Transit Available by Request) is a paratransit serivce offering transportation alternatives to people that are unable to use CDTA's fixed-route bus system because of disability or impairment.

Travel Trainers help people to become successful transit users by providing information and support in a one-on-one instructor assistance.

For more information about CDTA and its services, visit CDTA's website or call the CDTA Customer Service Center: (518) 482-8822.

Regional Transportation Coordination Committee

The Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC) is hosted by CDTC and includes representatives of public, private, non-profit, and human services transportation providers. The RTCC works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services and guides the implementation of the Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan). The Coordinated Plan is a federally required document that identifies transportation providers, transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes, and the gaps between available services and existing need. The plan then identifies strategies and priorities to address those gaps. The RTCC meets several times a year to:

  • work toward coordination of services in the Capital District
  • guide the Coordinated Plan update process
  • provide input on future solicitations for federally funded projects under the Enhanced 5310 program
  • help staff organize events to help learn about and foster information sharing, collaboration and coordination, such as Tools of the Trade Workshops

Recent federal transportation legislation (The FAST Act) continued the two primary grant programs for public transportation-human services providers which are administered through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the NYSDOT Public Transportation Bureau:

Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Section 5307: Urbanized Area Formula Grant program (which expands the range of eligible projects to include those related to jobs access) Note: The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is the region’s Designated Recipient for 5307 funds.

Meeting Materials

January 2016
  • Agenda
  • Notes
  • FAST Act Analysis
October 2016
  • Agenda
  • Notes
  • Tools of the Trade Workshop Summary
June 2017
November 2017
March 2018
Tools of the Trade
  • 2018 Tools of the Trade Summary
  • 2016 Tools of the Trade Summary

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade Workshop on Human Service Agency Transportation Quality and Efficiency

CDTC_Tools_of_the_Trade_Workshop_Summary.pdf

CDTC held a full day workshop for human service agency transportation providers on April 14, 2016 at The Crossings of Colonie.

Over 40 people attended to hear a wide range of presentations and sessions on:

  • Currently available programs from travel training to driver training, to innovative approaches to mobility management and agency staff-based transportation services planning.

  • Successful collaborative inter-agency projects and information technology.

  • New York State agency perspectives on human services transportation initiatives

  • County-based break out groups where participants discussed their transportation services and goals, the populations they serve and identification of common needs and issues. Each group provided a summary of their discussions and some potential future cooperative activities and next steps which are summarized in the Workshop Summary.