In carrying out its designated role in planning and programming transportation projects, the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has long championed and supported public transportation by offering technical assistance, approving transit funds for needs such as vehicle purchases, adding a transit representative as a voting member of the MPO, participating on study work groups, and more. Legislative requirements and guidance issued by the Federal Transit Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have served to strengthen the SEDA-COG MPO’s role as a coordinator and facilitator for addressing public transit and human services transportation issues. Certain federal grant programs require that projects selected for public transportation funding be “included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan” and that the plan be “developed through a process that includes participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public.”
Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Transit Plan) recommends how existing public transit service providers and human service agencies offering transportation services can better meet the transportation needs of people accessing or receiving human services. This population includes low-income individuals, seniors, minorities, and persons with disabilities and/or limited English language skills.
The current Coordinated Transit Plan for the SEDA-COG and Williamsport Area Metropolitan Planning Organizations was adopted in 2014. This plan will be reevaluated on a regular basis to meet the evolving needs of the region, but must be updated every 5 years. The coordinated plan will be consistent with the region’s regular short-term and long-term transportation planning processes for maximum integration and effectiveness.
Coordinated Transit Plan Update (2018-2019)
The SEDA-COG and Williamsport Area Metropolitan Planning Organizations are compiling data to inform the next Coordinated Transit Plan, which is scheduled for approval by June 2019.
Voice Your Opinion
As a resident of the region, how are you affected by transit and transportation services in central Pennsylvania? Are you and those who need transportation services well-served? Let us know what you think about strengths and gaps in transit and transportation services, especially related to seniors, minorities, low-income individuals and people with disabilities or limited English language skills.
Would you prefer to share your perspective in person? Attend one of our listening sessions in the Selinsgrove, Williamsport, and Danville areas:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 1pm – 4pm
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
713 Bridge Street, Suite #10, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2pm – 5pm
River Valley Trade and Transit Center II
144 W 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
Monday, November 5, 2018, 1pm – 4pm
Geisinger’s Justin Drive Office Building #2 (behind outpatient center)
3rd Floor Main Conference Room
35 Justin Drive, Danville, PA, 17821
Questions or want more information? Please contact Steve Herman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 570-524-4491.
Transit Providers and Human Service Agencies
As a service provider or service agency, are changes needed to better meet the needs of your clients and operations? Offer your perspective via this provider survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WYDLDF.