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Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan
The Coordinated Plan
   
Beginning in 2007, all Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) and Councils of Governments (COG’s) in Arizona are required to adopt and update a Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan, which
   
  • Inventories existing transportation services for elderly individuals, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals
  • Identifies unmet transportation needs, and
  • Prioritizes strategies for improving coordination to meet those needs

In the Flagstaff area, the coordinated plan is jointly prepared by the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) and the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA).  For the remainder of northern Arizona, the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) is responsible for the coordinated plan.

Annual Plan Update Process
As part of the annual update for the FMPO coordinated plan, all agencies in the Flagstaff area that provide transportation services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities should complete and return a Transportation Provider Inventory. Transportation services may include rides for clients from their home to the agency's facility, transportation for clients to and from work, and trips for shopping, medical services, and other errands.

Additionally, any agency that intends to submit an application for a Section 5310 federal transportation grant, must participate in the update of the Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan; these agencies must complete and return a Project Planning Worksheet.

Description of the Section 5310 grant program
    
Section 5310 is a federal grant program intended to enhance transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.  Grant monies support mobility management activities, and are commonly used to help purchase wheelchair-equipped vans and small buses.  Copies of handbooks and applications for the Section 5310 grant program can be downloaded from the ADOT website.

Stakeholders in the process

  • State, regional, and local transportation planning agencies, including ADOT, NACOG, FMPO, Coconino County, and the City of Flagstaff
  • Public transportation providers, including the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transit Authority, which operates Mountain Line and Mountain Lift
  • Private transportation providers, including taxi companies, van pool providers, and shuttle operators
  • Agencies that administer health, employment or other support programs for the targeted populations
  • Non-profit human service provider organizations that serve the targeted populations
  • Job training and placement agencies
  • Housing agencies
  • Health care facilities
  • Mental health providers
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • School districts

Examples of coordination in providing transportation services

  • Transportation advocacy coalition building
  • Information sharing and referrals
  • Joint planning and decision-making
  • Establishment of a coordinating council
  • Sharing technical expertise
  • Purchase or contract for services
  • Transportation brokerage
  • Consolidation of transportation programs
  • Subsidized services for client travel
  • Travel training for clients
  • Mobility management
  • Vehicle sharing
  • Provide technical assistance
  • Joint grant applications
  • Joint driver training
  • Shared vehicle storage
  • Shared maintenance facilities
  • Joint procurement
  • Centralized functions (reservations, scheduling, dispatching)

For further information
   
For further information on the Regional Transportation Coordination Plan and the planning process, please contact:
   
Martin Ince
Multimodal Transportation Planner
Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization
211 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Ph: (928) 213-2685
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