Coordinated Human-Services Transportation Plan

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The Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan (CPTHST) documents the MPO region’s unmet human-service transportation needs, describes the MPO region’s current transportation network, and provides ideas for improving transportation services. The CPTHST Plan is prepared by the MPO to allow organizations in the region to be eligible to receive funding in the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 transit funding program. This program provides capital and operations funding for services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The MPO will hold a public comment period for the CPTHST Plan from December 1, 2014, until 5:00 PM on December 30, 2014. The public review period provides an opportunity for the public to give input about the transit needs of the populations served by the FTA’s Section 5310 program and to identify any transit services that are not documented in the plan. Click here for the draft document (pdf) (html).

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. 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.

For more information, please contact Alicia Wilson, MPO Staff, at 617.973.8008 or (email).