Build Capacity for Transportation Coordination
Communities often express a strong desire to better coordinate transportation services and resources, but sometimes could benefit from more guidance in choosing strategies to do so. Below are resources linked to the basic building blocks of coordination.
1. Inventory Transportation Services
- Transportation Provider Profile. Template that assists communities in identifying attributes of transportation providers and their services. Form can be used as is or adapted.
- Sample on-line transportation inventory. Developed by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), this searchable database lists agencies that provide human services transportation resource information in the MAG region.
- Inventories become the basis for public ride guides. Below are some sample ride guides:
- Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Dayton, OH: Miami Valley Ride Finder
- Coastal Trans, Inc. , Rockland, ME: MidCoast RideFinder
- King County, Seattle, WA: Travel Options
West Austin Caregivers, TX: Ride Guide:Senior Transportation Options in the Greater Austin Area
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Coordination Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened.(U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2012). Identifies federal programs that may fund transportation services.
2. Identify Potential Partners in Coordinating Services
- Build common purpose and trust among partners
- Learn more at the NCMM "By Topic" Coordinated Transportation Planning page
- Coordinating Transportation Services: Local Collaboration and Decision-Making - A How-To Manual for Planning and Implementation (Creative Action, 2001)
3. Identify and Prioritize Community Needs
- View sample surveys of individuals, agencies, and transportation providers to identify community transportation priorities.
4. Identify Available Strategies for Coordinating Services
- Research strategies listed in the NCMM "By Topic" Coordinated Transportation Strategies page
- Find Peer Models for the Strategies You Choose. Contact your NCMM Regional Liaison for help in identifying peer models.
5. Identify Funding Sources
- View the sources on the NCMM "By Topic" Funding and Financing page
6. Establish Goals, Performance Measures for Activities
- Training: Developing Performance Measures for Mobility Management & Coordination. Trainers from the Texas Transit Institute offer a two-day training to support FTA grantees and other practitioners in developing performance measures to support achievement of both mobility management and transportation coordination goals. (National Center for Mobility Management, 2013). E-mail or call us (866-846-6400) to ask about this training.
- Learn more at the NCMM "By Topic" Performance Measurement page
- Illinois Coordination Council, Transportation Coordination Primer . Provides many tools and templates for convening transportation coordination groups, creating memoranda of understanding among agencies, and many other activities
- Training: Managing Community Mobility (National Transit Institute). This two-day class examines creative approaches to resolving fragmented and/or duplicative transportation systems to create a seamless and cost-efficient network with a customer-focused mindset.
- Rural Passenger and Tribal Transportation Technical Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by CTAA, is designed to assist rural communities enhance economic growth and development by improving and coordinating community transportation services.
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