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PUBLIC TRANSIT COORDINATION AND PLANNING: MEETING THE NEEDS OF TEXAS. June 14, 2005 Presented by Ken Hosen, KFH Group, Inc. For TxDOT – Regional Planning and Public Transportation Workshop. THE GOAL.

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PUBLIC TRANSIT COORDINATION AND PLANNING:MEETING THE NEEDS OF TEXAS

June 14, 2005

Presented by

Ken Hosen, KFH Group, Inc.

For

TxDOT – Regional Planning and Public Transportation Workshop


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THE GOAL

Travel options and access to opportunity are expanded and improved for all Texans, are provided cost-effectively, are used more extensively, and support broader state and local goals for economic growth and enhanced quality of life.


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WHAT ABOUT COORDINATION?

  • Coordination is not the goal, it is a tool to meeting the goal.

  • It is usually beneficial to all parties, but not always.

  • What are you bringing to the table?

  • Coordination is local/regional.

  • Coordination is building relationships and trust.


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TEXAS IS NO STRANGER TO COORDINATION

  • Texas has been one of the most coordinated states in the nation – thanks to the rural transit operators.

  • Two levels of coordination:

    • Coordination of services

    • Coordination of service area

  • Coordination of service areas is unparalleled

  • There is a unique commitment among state policy makers to coordinate at the state level.

  • We can look at other states but Texas is now unique among unique states.


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PLANNING AND COORDINATION:OTHER STATES

This approach is used in many states, including: Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Oregon, Pennsylvania and others.

  • Five year plan – usually conducted by transit systems and funded through state.

  • Provides direction for the system and provides planning information for the state.

  • Coordination is encouraged/insisted upon by the state.

  • Collaborative effort:

    • Consumers and advocates

    • Human service agencies

    • Community leaders

  • In some states such as Oregon and Florida, transit systems serve as the Medicaid broker, eliminating the “middle man.”


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BASIC COORDINATION RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Coordination of services takes time – It’s about building trust.

  • The State should mandate a process, not dictate local planning activities.

  • Transit systems and/or COGs should have lead.

  • Collaborative – involves all stakeholders.

  • Place as many persons as possible on fixed route.

  • TxDOT should tie coordination directly to a regional planning process.


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BUSINESS PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Regional Planning

    • Recommend uniform regional planning process

    • Regional planning committee composed of wide variety of stakeholders

    • Guide coordination process (including Medicaid)

    • Funded in large part by TxDOT

    • Can be used by TxDOT to determine areas of greatest need


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THE REGIONAL PLANNING PROCESS

The Steps:

  • Demographic/needs review

  • Review existing services

  • Determine gaps and additional needs

  • Develop alternatives for consideration (organizational and service)

  • Reach consensus on five year plan


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BUSINESS PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Coordination

    • TxDOT should find a way to contract Medicaid transportation directly with willing and able transit districts. This approach is used in other states.

    • Bring the decision back to the regional/local level. Flexibility in coordination.

    • State level collaboration between TxDOT and human service agencies to determine additional state level coordination.

    • State level encouragement and incentives.


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THE OPPORTUNITY

  • Texas has an unprecedented opportunity to further coordinate services.

  • Medicaid is far and away the largest of these programs, without coordinating Medicaid there is little left to coordinate.

  • Regional planning is the key.

  • Cooperation and collaboration yields coordination.


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