Tribal Transit Programs Partnering with Transit Agencies. James Foster. Purpose & Objectives. Understanding Cultural Dynamics Coordinating Tribal Transit Programs Partnering with Tribal Businesses Evaluating Tribal Government’s Perspective
Sovereignty is a key component that influences a Tribe’s decision making process
Native American culture is rich with traditions and customs
The “Family” cultural dynamic is the driving force behind decision making
Tribes strive to be self sufficient to sustain their heritage and cultural needs
Transit agencies can invite tribal officials to local transportation committee meetings
State and City agencies can extend invitations to tribal officials to be a part of economic development/planning committees; which will assist with gaining support for tribal transit projects
Both entities can host “Meet and Greet” functions to start the relationship process
General information about the roundabout:
The roundabout increased the Apache Trail Interchange Level of Service (LOS) Tremendously. It went from and "F" to an "A"
When planning and designing the roundabout several factors were taken into consideration, including the mandatory twenty (20) year traffic forecasting, required by Caltrans, which takes into account or includes in the forecasting formula an increase in traffic over the twenty year period. The reason for this is so that we understand at what point the project LOS begins to breakdown and not be effective.
California Amtrak Bus Stop at MCRS
MCRS Transit Stop
Organized and provided support to Sun Lines Transit in their effort to acquire a support letter from Morongo for their transit grant application
Held the Youth Chair Person position on the T-Now committee for 2010 & 2011
Establishing and maintaining tribal relationships are the key factors that must be initiated by local transit agencies. Cultural and economic awareness will benefit transit agencies with building & maintaining tribal business relationships.
Communication- e-mails, letters, phone conversations, and work shops are affective; however, face to face interactions should take precedence when dealing with tribes.