On Friday, April 21st 2017, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) hosted the first annual Human Services Transportation Symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to improve coordination between public transportation, human services transportation, and for-profit transportation providers to better meet the transportation needs of senior, disabled, and low-income individuals. In particular the symposium focused on improving coordination across jurisdictional boundaries, specifically between Tennessee and Georgia, Cleveland and Chattanooga, and urban and rural areas. The 2017 Annual Review of the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan) was conducted as part of the symposium. Minutes and a list of individuals invited to the symposium are available in the appendix of the plan. Additional materials from the symposium are available under the related links at the bottom of the page.
Federal law mandates that the Coordinated Plan be updated every four years in air quality nonattainment and maintenance areas and five years in air quality attainment areas. A major update was conducted in 2014 as a result of changes to federal transit law as amended by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 required that projects selected for funding under the new Section 5310 program (Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is the designated recipient for Section 5310 funding in the TPO area. CARTA’s Program Management Plan for 49 USC § 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities indicates that at least one stakeholder meeting will be held each year to review the Coordinated Plan and update it, if necessary.
Section 5310 Call for Projects
The TPO, in coordination with CARTA, is opening a call for projects for fiscal year 2018 Section 5310 funds February 1 – March 30, 2018. Prospective applicants should email email@example.com by Friday, March 2nd, 2018 expressing intent to apply. The email should include the general scope of the project, anticipated costs, and requested federal funding, in order to ensure that the project is eligible for funding under FTA guidelines. Applications can be completed online at surveymonkey.com/r/5310CHATPO. For those who would prefer to submit applications via email or mail, a form fillable pdf version of the application is available below and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Cortney Geary at Regional Planning Agency, 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Additional information about the call for projects is available here.
2017 Symposium Materials
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