REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE COORDINATION PLAN

The Transportation Services Coordination Plan has been developed through the sponsorship of Valley Regional Transit (VRT) on behalf of local stakeholders within its service ares - Ada and Canyon counties and the greater Boise metropolitan area.

The key goals of this plan are to maximize existing public transit services, increase the efficiency of those services, and secure additional funding for these services. Specifically, the plan is intended to respond to a federal requirement established with the passage of the Safe, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act, A Legacy for Users, commonly referred to as SAFETEA-LU. The law mandates the development of a coordinated human services plan in order to access applicable federal funds.

 A Regional Coordination Council was formed in fall 2006 to provide oversight of the plan. This council includes representatives from the following areas: minorities, students/employers, persons with disabilities, neighborhoods, non-emergency medical transport, local governments, service providers, job access transportation and the elderly.

Information gleaned from this study is presented in separate sections, and both elements explore opportunities to coordinate transportation services with the overall goal of improving efficiency and increasing mobility with limited resources. The SAFETEA-LU element focuses on the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and those of low-income status. The broader coordination element considers the needs of the general population who need to travel within the Treasure Valley. The use of federal funds authorized through SAFETEA-LU are contingent upon the completion of this plan; for that reason, this element of the overall Transportation Service Coordination Plan has been developed on a faster track, in order to ensure the availability of those funds.

On Nov. 29, 2007, the VRT Board of Directors approved the final plan. To view a copy of the final plan, click on the link below:

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE COORDINATION PLAN