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2018 RI Coordinated Public Transit & Human Services Transportation Plan

What is the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan?

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires that all projects funded through the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) be included in a local Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. These Coordinated Plans must be updated every five years to:

  • Consider the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes;  
  • Provide strategies for meeting those needs; and,
  • Prioritize services for funding and implementation. 

The goal is to ensure that community transportation services are seamless, comprehensive, and accessible to those who rely on them. The Coordinated Plan must be developed through a process that includes participation from private, non-profit, and public transportation providers; social service agencies; and the general public.

2022 Rhode Island Coordinated Plan

In early 2022, RIPTA initiated the process for preparing an update of the Coordinated Plan) which was most recently developed in 2017 and adopted in January 2018.

The new Coordinated Plan will include the following elements:

  • Inventory of transportation services​
  • Transportation needs assessment​
  • Strategies, projects, and activities to address needs, gaps, and inefficiencies​
  • Implementation priorities​
  • Participation from target groups

RIPTA and the RI Human Services Transportation Coordinating Council are working together to conduct the above work and to provide opportunities for public and stakeholder input. The 2022 Coordinated Plan is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

One of the key recommendations of the plan was implemented in 2017 with the creation of a statewide Human Services Transportation Coordinating Council. The effort also resulted in the identification of several priorities for improving human services transportation in Rhode Island, including:

  • Increasing funding for human services transportation
  • Increasing rural service area coverage
  • Ensuring affordability of human services transportation
  • Improving information sharing and communications
  • Capitalizing on technology opportunities
  • Increasing span and frequency of urban service
  • Reducing wait times through provision of on-demand or same-day service
  • Increasing travel training for new transit customers
  • Increasing customer service training for drivers

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