Federal transit law, as amended by MAP-21, requires that projects funded under the Section 5310, Section 5316, and Section 5317 Programs are included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The 2016-2019 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County (“Coordinated Plan”) was formally adopted by the Metro Board of Directors in July 2015.
The Coordinated Plan was developed through a process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, persons of low income, military veterans, other members of the public, and representatives of public, private, nonprofit transportation and human service providers and includes the following four elements:
- An assessment of available transportation services identifying current providers (public, private and nonprofit) for the Target Populations
- An assessment of transportation needs for the Target Populations;
- Regional and subregional goals and strategies to address the identified gaps between current services and needs, as well as opportunities to improve efficiencies in service delivery; and
- Priorities for implementation based on resources (from multiple program sources), time, and feasibility for implementing specific strategies and/or activities identified
Project proposal applications submitted in response to the FY 2017 Solicitation for Proposals must be consistent with goals and strategies included in the Coordinated Plan to address identified gaps between current services and needs or improve efficiencies in service delivery. Each strategy is clearly illustrated by making reference to several eligible projects and activities. Strategies developed are intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive – applicants are encouraged to develop innovative solutions to achieve Coordinated Plan goals.