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Georgia Transit Association RHST Coordination Session GDOT Update to the Statewide HST Coordination Plan Steve Kish, GDOT December 2, 2010. Statewide RHST Coordinated Plan Update. Statewide Coordinated Plan Update.

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Georgia Transit Association

RHST Coordination Session

GDOT Update to the Statewide HST Coordination Plan

Steve Kish, GDOT

December 2, 2010

statewide coordinated plan update
Statewide Coordinated Plan Update
  • Focus is on better Coordination of Rural Public and Human Service Transportation (RHST)
    • Transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities and persons with low income, including:
      • Agency-funded transportation, such as transportation to/from program activities
      • Rural public transit
      • Non-emergency medical transportation
  • Locally Appropriate and Feasible Structures
  • Work where possible within Existing Structures
  • RHST Program Support is Based on a Wide Range of Funding Programs
rhst plan update
RHST Plan Update
  • Stakeholder Involvement
    • Top Down – Key State Agencies GDOT, DHS and DCH
    • Bottoms Up Approach – regional workshops
  • Needs Assessment
    • RHST Workshops in all 12 regional commission areas
    • Assess RHST coordination within the Regions
  • Alternatives Analysis
    • RHST Workshops in all 12 regional commission areas
    • Discuss Potential Regional HST Coordination Approaches
  • Preferred Alternative
    • Work with Regions on regionally tailored RHST plans
    • Work with State Agencies on statewide RHST coordination efforts
      • reporting, payment, inspections, driver qualifications and training
  • Pilot Projects
    • Three approaches to assist Regions in moving RHST coordination plans forward
rhst plan update three themes
RHST Plan Update - Three Themes
  • Administrative – Improved Efficiencies
    • Service Bundling
    • Inter-Agency Cooperation
    • Regional Approach
    • Coordinated Reporting Systems and Requirements
  • Operational – Improved Service Quality
    • Vehicles – Purchase, Insurance, Maintenance
    • Insurance
    • Service Delivery – IT & Scheduling Software
    • Utilization
  • Funding – Making the Dollars Stretch
    • Bundling
    • Service Payment
    • Ensure wise and efficient use of public funding
    • Leverage new funding to attract additional federal funds
    • Sustainable Sources
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Projected Change for Age

Groups

between

2010 and

2030 in Georgia

125%

100%

75%

50%

25%

0%

Total

Under 18

18

-

24

25

-

44

45

-

64

65+

Age Group

Why Change Now?

  • Growing Demand for HST
    • Aging population, people with disabilities↑
    • New populations eligible for service: 500,000 new Medicaid by 2019
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Why Change Now?

  • Demographic Changes
    • Aging in place, community-based services
  • Economic Challenges
    • Individual and household budgets constrained
  • Systemic Challenges
    • Budget constraints, staff reductions
regional commission key issues
Regional Commission Key Issues

Tailored Approaches, not a one size fits all

Funding Program Reporting Requirements

Lack of Consistent Fee Structure

Vehicles - purchase, insurance, maintenance

Vehicle Utilization

Administrative

Scheduling and Reporting Software

other region state keys to success
Other Region/State: Keys to Success

Collaborative Partnership between DOT, DHS, DCH and Others as Appropriate

Merge HST with Rural Public Transit Using “bundled” Funds as Program Revenue

Financial Support and Partnership from Cities and Counties

Passenger Fares Provide Some Revenues

Centralized Reporting - Regulations

Potential Mobility Management Approach

Identified Champion

mobility manager a
Mobility Manager A

Role of the Mobility Manager

  • DOT- 5311 Funds
  • DHS - 5310 Funds
  • DHS- Other Human Service Funds
  • DCH- Medicaid Funds

Regional Coordinating Council

mobility manager b
Mobility Manager B

Role of the Mobility Manager

Role of the Providers

  • DOT- 5311 Funds
  • DHS - 5310 Funds
  • DHS- Other Human Service Funds
  • DCH- Medicaid Funds
  • Schedule/dispatch trips
  • Coordinate amongst selves to provide trips
  • Provide trips

Regional Coordinating Council

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Case Study: Southwest Georgia

  • Region Quick Facts
  • 14 Counties
    • Primarily rural
    • Largest city is Albany 76,000 residents (US 2008 Census
  • Region Accomplishments
  • Achieved coordination on Multiple Fronts
    • Administration and Oversight
    • Funding Streams
    • Service Delivery
  • Developed capacity throughout region
    • Strong network of operators
  • Consolidated administrative and management resources and functions
    • High level of professionalism
  • Simplified customer system
    • Especially for Medicaid
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Southwest Georgia Region

Administration and Oversight

  • SWGRC is Central Administrator and Service Broker
  • DHS, DCH and (most) GDOT Funding is coordinated through SWGRC
    • Applies for and manages funding
    • Allocates payment of funds to transportation providers (based on trips)
    • Ensures compliance with federal requirements
    • Handles all reporting and oversight
  • SWGRC manages a call center and brokerage for DCH (NET Medicaid)
    • Assigns trips based on rider needs and trip origin and destination
    • Simplified access for clients and customers
  • Services are concentrated around five providers.
  • Four providers are managed by the SWGRC
    • Through contracts or direct oversight
    • Ensure compliance
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Case Study: Coastal Georgia

  • 10 Counties
  • Largest urbanized area outside of the metropolitan Atlanta region
    • 638,254 population (2009)
  • 35 cities
  • Military Installations
  • 49% increase in the area’s population between now and 2030
  • Over 65 population
    • 11% currently
    • 19% by 2014
coastal georgia coordinated funding
Coastal Georgia Coordinated Funding
  • Coastal Regional Commission
    • Single recipient of transportation funds
    • Coordinates regional (local) funding contributions
    • Staffs Regional Transportation Commission
    • Participation from all 10 counties
  • DHS and public transit funding coordinated
  • Results in regional rather than local system
  • Single call-in number for individuals needing rides
    • Directed to appropriate provider based on geography
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Three Rivers

  • 10 Counties
  • 2 counties — Coweta and Spalding — in Atlanta Regional Commission MPO boundaries
    • 58% increase in population between now and 2030
    • 22% over 65 by 2014
  • Public Transit Operators (also DHS operators):
  • Heard Transit
  • Heard Transit
  • Troup Transit
  • Coweta County Transit
  • Three Rivers Transit System
    • Butts
    • Lamar
    • Pike
    • Spalding
    • Upson
  • DHS-Only Operator
    • Quality Trans
    • Meriwether & Carroll
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Three Rivers

Transit Operations Coordination

  • RC is central administrator for the regional transit program (all providers).
    • Monitors all work done by the Third Party Operator (COATS)
    • Compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Regional transit system – Three Rivers Transit System
    • Participating counties have annual agreements with the RC, and pays their share of projected transportation funding
  • Working towards expanding regional transit system and services
closing comments
Closing Comments

Thank you!

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