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Human Services Transportation Plan

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Revised Human Services Transportation Plan - July 2012

Introduction

The Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) is a unified, locally-derived, comprehensive strategy for delivery of public and specialized transportation services that identifies transportation needs, specifically those of persons with disabilities, older adults and persons with limited incomes.  The HSTP lays out strategies for meeting these needs and prioritizing services.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is responsible for creating the HSTP for the following two areas:

  • Illinois Region Five:  rural areas within Knox, Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties
  • Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area

The HSTP is based on input from transit providers, users, government officials, human service agencies, advocacy groups, and other members of the public.  A committee has been formed with representatives from each of these groups and will direct the plan's formation.  Tri-County staff is coordinating the committee and logistics of the HSTP.  Agendas and minutes from the HSTP Committee meetings can be found here.

The HSTP Committee has taken an inventory of what paratransit services exist in the region. It has identified places that are underserved as well as areas that are served by more than one paratransit provider.  The HSTP Committee also reviews local grant applications in order to help IDOT and FTA allocate their transit funds. 

Background

Per reauthorization of transportation funding under SAFETEA-LU, projects to be selected for funding under 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities, 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and 5317 New Freedom programs must be projects that, in regards to selection and planning, are derived from a locally developed, coordinated public Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) and are developed through a process that includes representatives of the public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and participation by the public.

Illinois Department of Transportation-Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation (IDOT-DPIT) has defined, through a public process, 11 planning regions for downstate Illinois that will be used as a framework for developing the coordinated HSTPs, and will be working with regional transportation planning coordinators to accomplish this task. In this particular project, coordinated HSTPs will have a focus on the needs of rural downstate areas (population 50,000 or less).

Goals

The overall goals of the project are to develop the Regional HSTP, select projects for funding, and develop a Regional Program of Projects (RPOP). The HSTP must be developed and adopted through the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC), which includes stakeholders from public transportation service providers, human service agencies (especially those representing elderly, disabled, and low income populations), planning organizations and county government representatives.

The following information is updated on an annual basis in order to keep the HSTP current and useful:

  • inventory of existing transportation services
  • transportation needs assessment & gap analysis
  • recommended short term and long term transportation strategies to address service gaps and improve coordination

This plan is reviewed and adopted by the HSTP committee on an annual basis. The plan is used as a baseline for identifying transportation projects that meet service coordination needs of the region and become part of the RPOP. The coordinator reviews projects with the HSTP committee before submitting them to the state for final selection and approval.

 

HSTP Funding Sources

Section 5310: Specialized Transportation

Section 5310 funds are used to purchase small buses and vans for local programs throughout the state. The goals of the program are to maintain a safe fleet of vehicles to service transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and support the continuation of existing services as well s the growth of existing or new services. 80% of the cost of the vehicles comes from federal funding; the remaining 20% are from state or local funds.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  • Private nonprofit corporations and associations organized for the specific purpose of assisting in providing transportation services to meet the special needs of elderly persons, persons with disabilities and/or persons for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.
  • Public bodies approved by IDOT as the local “Coordinated Service Provider” for elderly persons and persons with disabilities.
  • Public bodies which certify to IDOT that no nonprofit corporations or associations are readily available in an area to provide the service.

For more information, please reference the 5310 circular.

Section 5316: Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC)

JARC funds are available for capital, planning, and operating expenses that support the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment and to support reverse commute projects. Matching funds can come from a variety of sources, including some state funds. For capital expenses, JARC can fund up to 80%; the applicant is responsible for supplying the remaining 20%. For operational expenses, JARC will fund up to 50%, while the applicant is responsible for the remaining half.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  • State and local government agencies
  • Public transportation providers
  • Private nonprofit transportation providers
  • Private for-profit companies
  • Nonprofit organizations (Are not eligible for operating expenses)

For more information, please reference the 5316 circular.

For a list of eligible projects, eligible applicants, and goals of the JARC program, click here.

Section 5317: New Freedom

New Freedom funds are available for capital and operating expenses that support new public transportation services beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and new public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the ADA designed to assist individuals with disabilities with accessing transportation services, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services. "New" service is any service or activity that was not operational on and did not have an identified funding source as of August 10, 2005. Matching funds can come from a variety of sources, including some state funds. For capital expenses, New Freedom can fund up to 80%; the applicant is responsible for supplying the remaining 20%. For operational expenses, New Freedom will fund up to 50%, while the applicant is responsible for the remaining half.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  • Private nonprofit corporations and associations organized for the specific purpose of assisting in providing transportation services to meet the special needs of elderly persons, persons with disabilities and/or persons for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.
  • Public bodies approved by IDOT as the local “Coordinated Service Provider” for elderly persons and persons with disabilities.
  • Public bodies which certify to IDOT that no nonprofit corporations or associations are readily available in an area to provide the service.

For more information, please reference the 5317 circular.

For a list of eligible projects, eligible applicants, and goals of the New Freedom program, click here.

Region 5 Public Transportation Providers

Fulton County Rural Transit

Schedule a Ride:  309-357-5226

Geographic Area Served:  Fulton County
Hours of Operation:  M-F 7am - 5pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance
Fare Structure:
  • One-Way in town: $2
  • One-way in county: $5
  • One-way crossing county lines: $7
  • Day Pass (in town): $5
  • Medical Wait (per hour): $10
Discounts: Seniors and disabled persons ride for half price

 

 

Galesburg Transit

Geographic Area Served:  City of Galesburg
Hours of Operation:  7am - 6pm Monday - Saturday
Route Type: Fixed Route
Level of Service: Curb-to-curb
Reservations: N/A
Fare Structure:

  • Cash Fares:
  •     Regular:  $0.60
  •     Disabled and Students (with ID):  $0.40
  •     Seniors (65 & older with ID):  Free
  • Punch Passes:
  •     Disabled & Students:  $5.00 for 16 rides
  •     Regular:  $5.00 for 10 rides
  • Monthly Passes
  •      All riders:  $20.00
  • Unlimited Saturday Pass
  •     Disabled & Students:  $0.80
  •     Regular:  $1.20
  • Transfers:  FREE

For Information Call:  309-342-4242 

 

Galesburg Handivan

For a ride call:  309-345-3686

Geographic Area Served:  City of Galesburg
Hours of Operation:  6:15am - 10pm Monday - Saturday
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Curb-to-curb
Reservations: 2 days before travel
Fare Structure:  $1 one-way

  
 

Marshall-Stark Transportation

Schedule a Ride: 309-364-2287

Geographic Area Served:  Marshall and Stark Counties
Hours of Operation:  M-F 8am - 4pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance; trips assigned on a first come first serve basis
Fare Structure:

  •     Round-trip in town: $3
  •     Round-trip in county: $5
  •     Round-trip from Marshall County to Princeton, Chillicothe and Minonk: $6
  •     Round-trip from Stark County to Kewanee: $6
  •     Round-trip to all other destinations: $15
  •     Day trip Passes (to Peoria, Peru and Bloomington): $10

Discounts: Seniors ride for free, but voluntary donations are accepted

CountyLink

Schedule a Ride:  309-697-3305


Geographic Area Served:  Peoria County
Hours of Operation:  M-F 5am - 6pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance
Fare Structure: $6 one-way
Discounts: N/A
 

CityLink

Geographic Area Served:  City of Peoria, Peoria Heights, West Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin
Hours of Operation:  M-F 5:30am - 1am, Saturday 7:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday 8am - 8pm  (*times vary depending on the route)
Route Type: Fixed Route
Level of Service: Curb-to-curb
Reservations: N/A
Fare Structure:

  • Adults (5 - 64 yrs):  $1
  • Seniors:  Free
  • Persons with disabilities:  $0.50
  • Children Ages 4 & Under:  Free
  • Bus passes are also available

CityLift

Schedule a Ride:  309-999-3667

Geographic Area Served:  City of Peoria (areas within 3/4 mile of the fixed-route lines)
Hours of Operation:  M-F 5:30am - 1am, Saturday 7:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance
Fare Structure: $2 one-way
Discounts: N/A

 

 

Marshall-Stark Transportation

Schedule a Ride:  309-364-2287

Geographic Area Served:  Marshall and Stark Counties
Hours of Operation:  M-F 8am - 4pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance; trips assigned on a first come first serve basis
Fare Structure:

  •         Round-trip in town: $3
  •         Round-trip in county: $5
  •         Round-trip from Marshall County to Princeton, Chillicothe and Minonk: $6
  •         Round-trip from Stark County to Kewanee: $6
  •         Round-trip to all other destinations: $15
  •         Day trip Passes (to Peoria, Peru and Bloomington): $10

Discounts: Seniors ride for free, but voluntary donations are accepted

We Care

Schedule a Ride:  309-263-7708

Geographic Area Served:  All of Woodford County and the rural portion of Tazewell County
Hours of Operation:  M-F 6am - 5pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance
Fare Structure:  $3 one-way
Discounts: Seniors ride on a donation basis

We Care

Schedule a Ride:  309-263-7708

Geographic Area Served:  All of Woodford County and the rural portion of Tazewell County
Hours of Operation:  M-F 6am - 5pm
Route Type: Demand Response
Level of Service: Door-to-Door
Reservations: 24 hours in advance
Fare Structure:  $3 one-way
Discounts: Seniors ride on a donation basis

Human Service Transportation Project Blog

Region 5 HSTP Revision

The Region 5 HSTP has been revised.  Major updates to the plan include:

  • Updated demographic information and maps to reflect 2010 census data
  • Revised gaps and needs
  • Revised goals and objectives

The HSTP committee approved revisions to the plan at the regional meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  To view a copy of the updated HSTP, click here

FCRT Named Transportation Provider of the Month

Fulton County Rural Transit (FCRT) was named "Provider of the Month" for the month of March in the My Trip Minute newsletter for Illinois.  FCRT was recognized for providing more affordable transportation service to dialysis patients, as well as for conducting "mini" Rural Travel Trainings to raise awareness of their services.  FCRT will be celebrating their one-year anniversary in April.  To view the My Trip Minute newsletter, click here

Veterans Transportation Grant

The Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation (DPIT) has announced a call for projects for Section 5309 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiatives (VTCLI) II Grant.

The goal of  VTCLI is to 1) increase the availability of community transportation resources for
Veterans and those with disabilities; 2) create partnerships between transportation providers, Veterans, and military communities; and 3) increase involvement of Veterans and military communities in local coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) processes.

For more information, please click here.

CVP Call for Projects

IDOT/DPIT has announced the 2012 Call for Projects for CVP (Consolidated Vehicle Procurement). 

Through the CVP Program, IDOT/DPIT makes grants to municipalities, mass transit districts, counties, and private, non-profit organizations for ramp and lift equipped paratransit vehicles.  Funding for these grants comes from various sources, including Federal Transit Administrations (FTA) Section 5309, 5310, 5311, 5316, and 5317 funding programs as well as state resources.

Applications are due to Jill Goforth by April 6.  As always, all Section 5310 recipients must certify that projects are derived from our local HSTP.

Click here to download the application.

JARC and New Freedom Call for Projects

IDOT/DPIT recently announced the call for projects for Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317 New Freedom grant programs.  To learn more information about these funding programs and who is eligible to apply, please see the above section entitled "HSTP Funding Sources."

Applications are due to Jill Goforth, the HSTP coordinator, by February 25th.  The applications will then be reviewed for completion and voted on for endorsement by the HSTP committee at the Wednesday, March 21st meeting. 

There is an optional application review session on February 8 at the Northfield Inn and Suites in Springfield.  The purpose of the class is to provide guidance on the application process and clarify any areas of concern for receiving funding.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802