Developing a Coordinated Transportation Plan Across Counties


Service: Regional Transportation Planning

Provider Organization: Maumee Valley Planning Organization

Funders: Maumee Valley Planning Organization, United Way

Other Partners: County Governments, Board of Developmental Disabilities, Non-Profits

The mobility management program at Maumee Valley Planning Organization began in November 2020. The project launched a Coordinated Transportation Plan with the goal of developing consensus across all jurisdictional counties.


The project started with conversations between the Mobility Manager and Director of the Senior Center about the needs of seniors living in Salina, Kansas. The discussion centered around the idea of encouraging the use of public transportation among Salina’s senior citizens, including recipients of the Meals on Wheels program. Valentine’s Day was a targeted launch date to leverage the energy of the holiday with the delivery of goodie bags filled with program information, free transit vouchers, and chocolate candy. Outreach was targeted to 250 Meals on Wheels participants, and an additional 350 seniors participating in Senior Center activities. Special color-coded vouchers were printed so the program could track the utilization rate of specific populations. The vouchers were purchased by the Salina Senior Center. On the Go provided incentives for seniors to travel within the community using either CityGo, the fixed route bus, or the complimentary para-transit service. Information was also provided to seniors about travel training opportunities organized by the Mobility Manager.

Conversations are in the works about the sustainment of the program and future activities.

Lessons Learned

The mobility management program worked diligently to meet each county where they were, but also encourage expansion of transportation services and participation in the coordinated plan as a multi-county entity. The coordination strategies (networking, cooperation, coordination, collaboration, and consolidation) assisted the planning committee to identify the level of coordination the counties were comfortable with.

  • In October, 2021, all counties approved the multi-county coordinated plan. 
  • Each county Board of Development Disabilities (DD) signed service agreements with a non-profit provider, agreeing to cross county lines. 


  • Each county Board of Development Disabilities (DD) signed service agreements with a non-profit provider, agreeing to cross county lines. 
  • The Multi-county Coordinated plan allows the counties to share the cost of a mobility management program to discuss transportation initiatives and listen to challenges.
  • 80% of mobility management funding is through the 5310 Specialized Transportation Program. The remaining 20% is matched through Maumee Valley Planning Organization and donations from United Way.


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