Locally Developed, Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans
Where are the gaps in public transit and human services transportation? Who are the transportation providers in a particular county? How can transportation providers work together to increase service and reduce costs? Answers to these questions and many more may be found in coordinated transportation plans, formally referred to as locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans.
The locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (CP) is a requirement as far as Federal transit law requires projects selected for funding under the Section 5310 program to be included in such plans. Federal law requires these plans to be "developed and approved through a process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public." ODOT does not require any entity to produce a CP, but for small urban and rural areas of Ohio, ODOT makes 5310 project selections; therefore, ODOT must ensure that projects’ underlying CPs are in compliance with Federal transit law.
ODOT's Coordinated Planning Guidance, based on FTA's circulars for these programs, applies only to potential subrecipients of ODOT's Section 5310 funding. Attached to the guidance document is a sample of ODOT's Coordinated Plan Review and Certification form, as well as a copy of FTA's official guidance related to CPs.
Most metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in Ohio have produced coordinated transportation plans that include all of the counties in their respective planning areas. Other groups have produced coordinated transportation plans covering counties not located within an MPO planning area. As of early 2015, coordinated transportation plans covered 78 of Ohio's 88 counties, but many of these are in need of updates.
Rural transit providers are expected to be participants in the local planning process, and the inclusion of rural intercity mobility needs and intercity bus operators in the planning process in rural areas is encouraged.
Below is a list of coordinated transportation plans in Ohio. ODOT relies on and appreciates the assistance of local governments and agencies in keeping the list up-to-date.