Community Transportation Systems and human service agencies are dependent on both state and federal funding grants to sustain their transportation administration and operations. The purpose of the “Locally Coordinated Plan” (LCP) is to provide a viable and effective public transportation service network in the four counties that comprise the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization that complies with the current federal regulatory requirements pertaining to human service public transportation coordination.
The federal transportation funding law, MAP-21, includes provisions requiring a locally-developed and coordinated human service public transportation plan. The Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have joined with local public transportation agencies in scheduling local workshops and in developing a regionally-coordinated service plan that conforms to the current federal regulatory requirements. These workshops were held on April 25th and 26th, 2013. These efforts resulted in the development of a draft coordinated plan that serves and qualifies the local transit providers for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding assistance under Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) and synchronizes this with other federal assistance programs such as FTA Section 5311 (Rural Area Formula Grants), Community Action, Medicaid, Independent Living Centers, and Agency on Aging programs. In the development of this plan, the client needs, service gaps, and other issues of each local transportation provider will be considered. This coordinated plan is intended to be flexible and capable of being expanded or modified at a future date to incorporate additional efforts and initiatives to meet the needs of each local transit provider. This is an update to a previous Locally Coordinated Plan that was developed in 2009 (see link below).
Information on Workshops and Survey
Two half-day workshops were held on April 25-26, 2013. One meeting, held in Sanford, focused on Lee and Moore Counties. The other meeting, held in Chapel Hill, focused on Chatham and Orange Counties. Members of the public were welcome at both workshops. As part of the process, an online survey was also available. The results of the workshops and surveys can be found in the draft report.