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Sullivan County Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation

UVLSRPC Projects

Project Administrator:

Patricia Crocker

Project Title:

Sullivan County Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation

Related Services:

Economic Development, Energy, Transportation

Project Summary:


The Sullivan County RCC is an RPC subcommittee working within Sullivan County to improve
collaboration among service organizations to increase mobility options for all
residents. Community members are working together with public and private
transportation providers to share best practices, identify common interests,
and improve coordination of human and public transportation services.
Along with these objectives the RCC's mission is to raise the public awareness of rural transportation needs, increase the use and knowledge of existing transportation services.
The RCC meets bi-monthly at Community Alliance Transportation Services, Routes 11/37 John Stark Highway, Newport, NH on the fourth Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Sullivan County RCC website has information about the work of the committee including meeting schedules, agenda, and minutes as well as links to a variety of transportation information and policy organizations. http://www.sulllivancountyrcc.org
The New Hampshire DOT has the goal of reducing duplication and increasing the availability of public transportation service, while making the best use of available resources.
 
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


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:

  • Sullivan County Regional Coordination Council

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