The Transportation Council coordinates with CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) to plan for public transit in the Capital Region. Transit planning initiatives have included concept planning and alternatives analysis of three BusPlus lines, the Route 5 (Red line) which has been in operation since 2011, the River (Blue line) which has been in operation since November 2020, and the Washington/Western (Purple line) Corridor which is likely to open in 2023. The Transportation Council supports the implementation of CDTA's capital projects through a Bus Rapid Transit and Travel Demand Management set-aside along with regular coordination on federal funding programs through the Federal Transit Administration. CDTA is a key Policy Board member for The Transportation Council and also serves as the Transportation Council's host agency.
Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
Federal transportation legislation requires a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The plan identifies potential projects for Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds available through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as administered by NYSDOT.
The current Coordinated Plan adopted in 2023 includes:
- An inventory and assessment of available services that identifies current transportation providers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors;
- An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with limited means;
- Strategies to address identified gaps in service and achieve efficiencies in service delivery and eliminate or reduce duplication in services for more efficient utilization of resources;
- Priorities and/or projects based on resources, time, and feasibility for implementing the specific strategies/activities identified.
The Coordinated Plan was developed with the assistance of the Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC). The RTCC is maintained by the Transportation Council and composed of representatives of public, private and non-profit human services transportation providers and others. The RTCC guides the implementation of the Coordinated Plan and works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services.
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