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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

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
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.

what about coordination
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.
texas is no stranger to coordination
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.
planning and coordination other states
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.”
basic coordination recommendations
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.
business plan recommendations
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
the regional planning process
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
business plan recommendations9
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.
the opportunity
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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