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Human Services Transportation Coordination

Human Services Transportation Coordinating Council

Vision

Accessible, coordinated statewide mobility for all Rhode Islanders.

Mission

Promoting independence through enhanced statewide mobility, while fostering collaboration between public, private, and non-profit sector partners by gathering and sharing information, supporting transportation initiatives, and advocating for positive change.

Council Members

The Rhode Island General Assembly directed RIPTA to convene a coordinating council to better integrate transportation programs that support individuals in need of specialized transportation assistance. The following agencies are currently represented on the Council:

RI Dept. of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

RI Dept. of Health

RI Dept. of Human Services

RI Division of Statewide Planning

RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services

RI Office of Healthy Aging

RI Office of Rehabilitative Services

RI Office of Veterans Services

RI Public Transit Authority

RI Dept. of Transportation

Rhode Island’s Human Services Transportation Coordinating Council held its inaugural meeting in January 2018, bringing together representatives of public agencies responsible for meeting the transportation needs of vulnerable populations and community advocates. Throughout the first year, working groups addressed specific challenges and opportunities – initially focusing on identifying sustainable funding for RIPTA’s statewide free bus pass program for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities and improving communications between agencies that provide transportation assistance. The statewide Council continues to hold public meetings every other month and has started to pursue additional projects such as the development of a customer-focused approach to connecting riders with transportation services.

The Coordinating Council is also leading the update of the 2022 Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordinated Plan.

Download a copy of the 2019 Coordinating Council annual report here.

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