Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services

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.

This first Coordinated Plan was adopted in 2007, followed by an updated plan adopted on September 15, 2011. A new plan was developed in 2015 and approved by CDTC’s Policy Board on September 3, 2015. The plan is typically updated every 4 years.

The RTCC will continue to meet to work toward coordination of services in the Capital District, and to guide the Coordinated Plan update process as well as to provide input on future solicitations for projects under FTA’s 5310 program.

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 several mobility services beyond fixed route transit for those with special needs:

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 Coordinating Committee

The Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC) is hosted by CDTC and includes representatives of public, private and non-profit transportation and human services providers. The RTCC guides the implementation of the Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan and works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services. The RTCC will continue to meet 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 the April 2016 Tools of the Trade Workshop

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.

Archive of Past Meeting Materials

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.