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Grafton-Coos Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation

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Project Administrator:

Patricia Crocker, MPA

Project Title:

Grafton-Coos Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation

Related Services:

Economic Development, Energy, Transportation

Project Summary:

The 2007 Governor’s Task Force on Community Transportation recommended three components to achieve these goals:
  • a state council to oversee the development of a coordinated system (SCC),
  • regional coordinating councils (RCCs) based in the Regional Planning Commissions to plan and monitor services, and
  • regional transportation coordinators (RTCs), to arrange trips through a "brokerage" system. 

This cost-effective and efficient solution deploys varied funding sources and a network of providers including volunteer drivers to deliver service. Visit State Coordinating Council web site for additional information www.nh.gov/dot/programs/scc/index.htm

Formation of Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) began separately in Grafton and Coos throughout State Fiscal Year 2009. The members of the two groups whose service areas fall within overlapping planning regions began to recognize through their discussions that their mutual community needs and interests might be best served in a consolidated RCC. The groups began joint discussions that concluded with a proposal to combine the RCC Regions 1 and 2, a move they believed would best serve the larger community and hold the potential for administrative efficiencies. The State Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (SCC) considered the issues and interests of the stakeholder groups and concurred with the concept proposed by the local groups.
 
The Grafton-Coos RCC’s mission is the development of a diverse system of transportation options in the Grafton-Coos Region. The Grafton-Coos RCC’s objectives include:
  • Transportation accessible to all; inviting to all ages and all walks of life;
  • Collaboration among human service agencies, municipalities, businesses, and citizens;
  • Expanded public transportation services and options, including volunteers, carpooling, taxi services, and rail, bicycle and pedestrian paths;
  • Transportation within the counties and connections with other regions.  
The following are the goals of the Grafton-Coos RCC:
  • Assess the current level of coordination through collection of data that will inform their efforts and determine how they may begin to actualize coordination in daily operations.
  • Gather information about transportation activity, resources and needs of the current system as well as about unmet needs.
  • Review driver and operating standards and consider how they might develop consistent procedures and program guidelines including establishing procedures for recruiting, background checking, and training volunteer drivers.
  • Expand existing and develop new volunteer driver programs throughout the regions;
  • Develop a communication strategy to inform and engage the public in the RCC’s activities, goals, and plans.
  • Analyze and understand cost-allocation and program billing guidelines that must be complied with in a coordinated system.
  • Assess and address with concrete solutions, any remaining barriers to coordination.
  • Work with state officials to determine contract requirements and expectations for an eventual Regional Transportation Coordinator.
  • Establish measures to assess the success of each of the goals listed.

The Grafton-Coos RCC's website http://www.grafton-coosrcc.org provides additional information about the activities of the subcommittee, meeting minutes, schedules, and agendas along with links to a variety of transporation information and policy web sites. 

Additional Information

Why Coordinate Transportation?
 
In June of 2003, following a General Accountability Office report that 62 separate federal programs funded public transportation, the US Congress directed the Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services to develop guidance for state and local planning agencies to achieve transportation coordination. This initiative called “United We Ride” seeks to provide more cost-effective use of funding by coordinating various transportation resources.

The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that $700 million dollars can be saved annually through coordination of human and public transportation services. At the same time, access and availability can be improved through:
  • Eliminating duplicative services
  • Filling service gaps and unmet needs
  • Full use of underutilized capacity
How will the Community Benefit?

Senior Citizens — Our communities are populated by a large and growing number of senior citizens who are isolated without transportation to medical appointments, retail and community centers, and religious services. Transportation is  also a lifeline for individuals with a disability that restricts their ability to own or operate a private vehicle. Transportation services help many individuals remain in independent living settings avoiding the much higher societal costs of institutional care.

Workers and Commuters — Everyone can contribute to community life with the ability to reach jobs, education, and training. Affordable and accessible transportation offers the opportunity for economic achievement and personal independence.

Business and Industry — Access to commercial and retail services increases with improved public transportation. The pool of available employees is expanded. Parking demands and traffic congestion are eased, and shipping and delivery of goods are expedited.

Funders:

  • US Federal Transit Administration, Section 5305(e), Statewide Planning & Research Program through NH Department of Transportation

Committees Involved:

  • Grafton-Coos Regional Coordination Council

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