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1 Minnesota Council on Transportation Access Moving Transit Forward with Coordination, Action and Advocacy 9/19/11

2 Importance of Transportation Creating accessible transportation for all is about more than improving individual lives. Transit is required for: – Creating a healthy economy. – Supporting our state’s communities and culture. – Enabling people with low incomes, older adults and people with disabilities to be independent.

3 Current Transit Challenges Despite significant investment at all levels of government, serious service gaps exist. Multitude of programs makes communication & coordination difficult. At least 62 transit programs at the federal level alone! Complex web = duplicative efforts, confusion.

4 State Governors & Cabinet Secretaries Federal Agencies & Grant $ Education Labor Employment Training Agency Office of Disability Employment Policy Centers for Independent Living Disability Rehab and Research Rehabilitation Services Administration Office of Special Education Programs Substance Abuse Mental Health Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Family Assistance HHS Medicare & Medicaid Svcs Aging Health Resources & Services Community Services Child Care Bureau Development Disabilities Medicaid Program Head Start Soc. Services Block Grant Children & Families Transportation Service Chart Transportation Office of the Secretary National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Federal Transit Administration Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Departmental Office of Civil Rights Faith Based Transit Area Agency on Aging Medical Transit Provider Head Start Office of the Secretary Assistant Secretary Planning Evaluation Special Ed Transportation Rural Transit Operators Private Paratransit Private Taxi ADA Paratransit Transit Pass Elderly & Disability Program Job Access Reverse Commute Program Rural Grant Program Urbanized Grant Program Local Transportation Authority Disability Service Provider Family Employment Shopping Independence Recreation Education Local Government Health Care ?? ?

5 Coordination is the Key By working together, we can find solutions: – Increase capacity to serve unmet needs. – Improve quality of service. – Improve understanding of transit services. – Improve access to transit services. – Achieve more cost-effective service delivery. This is the function of the Council

6 The Coordination Goal

7 About the Council Formed by the MN State Legislature in 2010. Succeeds the Interagency Committee on Transit Coordination (ICTC). – Established by MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2005 Made up of 13 separate agencies and organizations …

8 The Council Office of the Governor Minnesota State Council on Disability Minnesota Public Transit Association Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Metropolitan Council Minnesota Department of Commerce Minnesota Board on Aging Minnesota Department of Transportation Minnesota Management and Budget Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

9 Mission/Vision Statement Mission To work together to remove obstacles that prevent the successful coordination of transportation programs and resources among their respective customers. Vision Minnesotans will have access to coordinated transportation services to meet their mobility needs.

10 Our Duties 20 duties related to five Key Issue Areas: – Vehicle & Client Sharing – Cost Sharing & Purchasing – Communication & Coordinated Planning – Reporting & Evaluation – Research & Demonstration Projects

11 Key Issue Area #1: Vehicle & Client Sharing Vehicles used in human service transportation should be made available to other state, federal and publicly-funded programs to reduce duplicative transportation services and idle time for drivers and vehicles.

12 Vehicle & Client Sharing Accomplishments Created a model contract for use by local agencies contracting with external organizations to provide transportation services. Working through the Dept. of Commerce to clarify the issue of insurance requirements related to sharing clients and vehicles.

13 Key Issue Area #2: Cost Sharing & Purchasing State agencies are encouraged to work together to create funding mechanisms that support shared ownership of funding responsibilities to ensure adequate resources are available for transportation services.

14 Cost Sharing & Purchasing Accomplishments MnDOT Office of Transit updated Council on their efforts to develop a cost allocation model for the transit systems in Greater Minnesota.

15 Key Issue Area #3: Communication & Coordinated Planning Agencies are encouraged to participate in a community transportation planning process for human service transportation programs to promote the development and delivery of coordinated transportation services.

16 Communication & Coordinated Planning Accomplishments Developed the Minnesota Coordination website. Produced a planning guidance document with a model for locally developed and coordinated planning across the state of Minnesota.

17 Key Issue Area #4: Reporting & Evaluation State agencies dealing with transportation services are encouraged to agree upon common measurements and definitions for tracking and reporting the costs of those services.

18 Reporting & Evaluation Accomplishments Developing definitions of transportation terms that participating agencies can refine into a consistent set of terminology. Included a cost allocation methodology in the model contract to more consistently and effectively describe transportation costs.

19 Key Area #5: Research & Demonstration Projects State agencies should conduct demonstration projects to investigate coordinated planning, vehicle and client sharing and cost sharing in order to test the feasibility and cost- effectiveness of new transit approaches.

20 Research & Demonstration Projects Accomplishments Developing a library of successful practices to use as part of the local coordination planning process.

21 For More Information Visit: – Contact: – Noel Shughart, MnDOT Office of Transit – – 651-366-4181

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