The Tools of the Trade - Workshop for Human Services Transportation Providers was held on April 1st of 2021. Dr. Kevin Costello discussed the impact of isolation on health. Then four local providers discussed their practices and challenges recruiting and retaining volunteers. Dwight Mengel from Tompkins County provided a presentation on Ithaca's Mobility as a Service efforts, and CDTA staff discussed the FLEX program and expansion plans. Recordings of the sessions are posted on CDTC's Youtube page.
The Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC) is hosted by CDTC and includes representatives of public, private, non-profit, and human services transportation providers. The group generally meets every three months, and meetings are open to the public. Contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the distribution list.
The RTCC works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services and guides the implementation of the Coordinated Plan. The current plan was adopted on June 6 2019. (See links at right.) There have been no modifications or updates to the 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
Members of the RTCC worked with the Albany Guardian Society to compile a directory of Senior Transportation Options for the four-county Capital Region, last updated July 2021.
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 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.