IndyGo to Host INDOT Public Meeting for Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22, 2013) – The Indiana Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting to gather input from stakeholders on the 2013 regional coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan for Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties.

Coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans identify unmet transportation needs across a region and strategies to meet these needs. Coordinated transportation plans must be developed through a process that includes representatives from public, private, and non-profit transportation services, human services providers and the general public.

This planning process is distinct and separate from the regional long range transportation plan, branded as Indy Connect, which is led by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), IndyGo and Central Indiana Transportation Authority (CIRTA). The Indy Connect plan focuses on large-scale fixed route plans for mass transit in the region while the coordinated plan under INDOT focuses on human services needs, rural transportation providers, and coordination of program to be funded through special federal grants.

The original coordinated plan for central Indiana was adopted in 2007 and updated in 2009 with a horizon of 2013, so in order to continue to address needs in the community, the plan must be updated to reflect changes in transportation offerings and new human services transportation needs.

Public Meeting Info:
Monday, March 4, 2013 10:00AM to 12:00PM
IndyGo Board Room 1501 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46222.

The meeting agenda includes a discussion of the content of the current locally developed coordinated public transit and human service transportation plan, unmet transportation needs, existing coordination efforts, and the process for developing an action plan for improving coordination efforts in the region over the next four years (2013-2017).   Transportation providers, human service agencies, and other advocates will also want to attend to discuss this important topic.

“Keeping transportation plans current is required for the central Indiana region to receive federal funds for transportation projects,” explains Roscoe Brown, IndyGo’s director of coordinated transportation programs. “This public meeting will provide a unique opportunity for the public to share transit needs and vision for their community.”

In July of 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) replacing Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This reauthorization repealed several transit grants including:

  • Job Access Reverse Commute Grant (5316).
  • New Freedom Grant Program (5317).

Funds from some of the repealed grants were consolidated into other funding programs that were left intact in the new MAP-21 bill. Job Access Reverse Commute Grant funds were consolidated with Urbanized Area Formula Grant (5307) and Rural Area Formula Grant (5311) while New Freedom Program Grant funds were consolidated with Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Grant (5310).

Under the SAFETEA-LU funding bill that was repealed in 2012, projects and organizations planning to apply for federal grants for transportation were required to participate in a “locally developed coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan.” Likewise, for the new MAP-21 funding bill, participation in developing the plan is a requirement for agencies who receive or intend to receive funding under Sections 5310 or 5311 programs.

If you are interested in attending the public meeting on the new 2013 coordinated plan, please RSVP by March 4, 2013 to Megan Lawson, Indiana Rural Transit Assistance Program Coordinator at 812-372-3794 or mlawson@indianartap.com .
The IndyGo administrative office is an ADA-accessible facility. If you require special accommodations, please contact Megan Lawson, at 812-372-3794 or mlawson@indianartap.com .

Interested parties unable to attend may send their comments to Zach Kincade at: zkincade@rlsandassoc.com or to RLS & Associates, Inc. 3131 S. Dixie Hwy. Suite 545 Dayton, OH. 45439.