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:
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:
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: