Coordinated Human-Services Transportation Plan

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The MPO´s Coordinated Human-Services Transportation (CHST) Plan provides guidance for improving transportation services for people with disabilities, elderly individuals, people with low incomes, and reverse-commuters in the Boston region. It also facilitates the coordination of public transit and human-services transportation resources.

MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), signed into law on July 6, 2012, replaces SAFETEA-LU (the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) as the federal legislation that funds surface transportation, with most policy provisions taking effect on October 1, 2012. SAFETEA-LU established that agencies receiving funding from any of the three Federal Transit Administration (FTA) human-services transportation programs, Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC; Section 5316), and New Freedom (Section 5317), must certify that the projects to be funded have been selected in the context of a locally developed, coordinated public transit/human-services transportation plan. Under MAP-21, such projects still must meet that requirement in order to be funded. The structure of programs under MAP-21, however, is different. JARC no longer exists as a separate program, but funding for JARC types of activities is available under FTA’s urban and rural formula programs. Another change is that the New Freedom program merges with Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities.

Public Participation

The CHST Plan was developed with the participation of representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human-services providers, as well as members of the public. The MPO held public planning forums to discuss the needs of the target populations in the region and strategies for meeting those needs. Preparation for these events included conducting a survey. Public input received at these discussions and by other means was integrated into the CHST Plan.

Grant Awards

The CHST Plan helps guide the selection of projects to be funded. Under SAFETEA-LU (the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users), the MPO solicited projects for funding through the federal Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program and the New Freedom program. The MPO’s evaluation criteria for the proposals it received included consistency with the CHST Plan. Selected projects were recommended for funding to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. For a list of the most recent MPO area projects that were funded through the two programs, click here.

For more information, please contact Alicia Wilson, MPO Staff, at 617.973.8008 or awilson@ctps.org.