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Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan with Addendum Is Finalized

by Dawn Hegland on August 3rd, 2012

In July 2011, we wrote about the work the UMVRDC is doing with local human services representatives to draft a Tranist Human Services Coordination Plan for the region.

The goal of the 2011 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan is to:

  • identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes;
  • provide strategies for meeting those needs;
  • and prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation in Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine Counties.

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission’s (UMVRDC) 2011 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan was adopted on January 24, 2012. However since the Plan’s adoption, Minnesota received funding to create the Veterans Transportation Community Living Initiative (VTCLI). The purpose of the VTCLI is to improve access to transportation resources for veterans, military families and other clients by connecting customers to rides and transportation options from a variety of transportation providers and programs in their area.

Since the VTCLI goals complement the goals of the Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plans, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) wanted to incorporate the VTCLI projects into these Plans. Additionally, MnDOT recognized the need to bring local stakeholders together again to further develop a work plan for project ideas identified in the Plan.

To accomplish these tasks, MnDOT provided the UMVRDC with funding to host an additional Steering Committee and stakeholder meeting to create a one- to three-year work plan with specific projects that local stakeholders could implement in the short-term and to incorporate the VTCLI (veterans) projects into this work plan. The Addendum to the 2011 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan is a summary of the additional Steering Committee and stakeholder meeting and the 2013 work plan.

The completed plan and addendum are available in PDF format. Click here to view or download the plan.

For more information, contact Lindsey Knutson at 320-289-1981 ext. 7 or lindsey.knutson@umvrdc.org or Dawn Hegland at 320-289-1981 ext. 1 or dawn.hegland@umvrdc.org.

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