Arkansas Statewide Transit Coordination Plan
In January 2013, AHTD published the Arkansas Statewide Transit Coordination Plan: 2012 (TCP). The TCP replaces the sixteen separate local transit coordination plans that were developed in 2007 and 2008 as a result of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In Northwest Arkansas, the TCP replaces the NWA Public Transit-Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan (Coordination Plan).
The Federal transportation legislation under Moving Ahead for Progress in the Twenty-First Century (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), requires that projects for certain FTA programs be derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The TCP applies to Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, which is a consolidation of the old Section 5310 and Section 5317 programs, and includes the New Freedom program. These requirements are aimed at improving transit services for persons with disabilities, older adults and individuals with low incomes and ensuring that communities are coordinating transit resources provided through multiple federal programs.
The ultimate purpose of the Coordination Plan is to provide comprehensive strategies, or opportunities, for meeting local needs. Nine major strategies were developed as a guide to develop and implement projects. These strategies will be revisited every five years and modified as appropriate.
- Maintain existing levels of service is essential.
- Improve access and provide additional, affordable transportation service.
- Build a local coalition of interested parties for transportation service.
- Develop a coordinated local system to provide transportation information to public transportation dependent persons and the general public.
- Provide more efficient and effective service delivery.
- Provide a better quality of life for public transportation dependent persons.
- Coordinate an approach for the development of model contracts or agreements for public, private, and nonprofit providers.
- Coordinate services with emergency response agencies.
- Research new programs, technology and educational/training opportunities that could enhance transportation services.
Arkansas Statewide Transit Coordination Plan – completed in 2013
NWA Public Transit-Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan – completed in 2007