Transportation services are provided in Wisconsin through a number of
programs funded by the state and federal governments. Transit agencies, county governments, non-profit organizations, and private businesses deliver services to transportation disadvantaged individuals and the general public. Transportation coordination provides more rides to more consumers through cooperation, communication, and sharing resources.
Transportation coordination is a process where human service agencies, transportation providers, consumer groups, and public officials work together to develop and improve services for transportation disadvantaged individuals by ensuring that transportation resources funded by different programs are coordinated. Transportation disadvantaged individuals are unable to provide their own transportation as a result of disability, age-related condition, or income.
Coordination demands communication, trust, flexibility, and the willingness to focus on client
needs. It will:
Develop and improve transportation options,
Minimize service duplication, and
Facilitate appropriate, cost-effective transportation with available
Federal transportation law, as amended by SAFETEA-LU in 2005, and continued in
MAP-21, requires that projects funded by
the Section 5310, Elderly and Disabled Capital
Assistance Program be “derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan” and that the plan be “developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and
nonprofit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public”.
A federal initiative, United We
Ride, was created to assist states with implementation of this requirement, providing states and communities with an assessment tool to begin the coordination planning process.
WisDOT developed an on-line
toolkit to assist cities, counties, and multi-county entities
with the development and implementation of coordination plans and to provide information on applying for transportation funding.
Wisconsin Model of Coordination
The Wisconsin Model of Coordination is the product of intensive research into available transportation resources in
the state, best practices in peer states across the nation, and the unique characteristics and needs of communities throughout
Wisconsin. Rather than being a complex, prescriptive model of how services must be delivered, it is a set of four strategies designed to move coordination forward, at both the state and local levels.
The four parts of the Wisconsin Model of Coordination are:
Strengthen ICTC as the Lead Entity for Statewide Coordination Efforts – As the existing state body charged with transportation coordination, ICTC is best positioned to lead future efforts. Making ICTC a more permanent body with stable support will maintain its existing momentum and guide efforts on a statewide level.
Encourage County and/or Regional Coordination Councils – Data from other states show the greatest coordination success arises from active, engaged, representative local coordination councils. ICTC can encourage them through clear expectations, technical assistance, and building on past efforts.
Require County and/or Regional Coordination Councils – In other states, participation on a local coordination council is required for entities applying for state and federal transportation funding. Making this a requirement in Wisconsin will ensure better, more consistent service coordination across the state.
Encourage Regionalization Through Incentives and Rewards – Often, the greatest transportation need exists for travel between communities or counties. Providing incentives for regional efforts will foster the growth of regional services based on resident
needs rather than political boundaries.
Interagency Council on Transportation Coordination (ICTC)
The Interagency Council on Transportation Coordination (ICTC) was
created in 2005 by Governor Doyle. The Council included
representatives from the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation,
Health Services, Veterans Affairs, Workforce Development, and the
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, each of which has
transportation as part of their service programs. The ICTC is
dedicated to creating a coordinated, accessible, affordable,
dependable, and safe statewide system providing the best
transportation services to transportation disadvantages individuals in
Wisconsin. ICTC sponsored statewide coordination conferences and
contracted with a national consultant to develop the Wisconsin Model
of Coordination with implementation strategies. The ICTC is not
actively meeting at this time.
The ICTC Stakeholder Advisory Committee is a body of
transportation consumers, advocates, providers, and partners who
advise the ICTC on statewide transportation needs and coordination
opportunities. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee helps educate the
public on the benefits of transportation coordination.
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