Background on Planning Grants
In 2006, with Federal Transit Administration Joblinks funds, the Community Transportation Association of America awarded seven communities with grants for the purpose of increasing the involvement and leadership of faith- and community-based organizations in planning, funding, and implementing new or expanded transportation services. The communities are specifically focusing on improving transportation options between communities with many low-income workers and employment sites, One Stop Centers, training, social services, child care and other essential destinations.
The Community Transportation Association is providing the selected community teams with funding to support the teams in:
- Building an active partnership of community stakeholders;
- Establishing a community-based planning process;
- Developing a plan to actively engage key stakeholders, community groups and community residents in developing and supporting processes, plans and planning activities;
- Conducting the planning activities; and
- Developing comprehensive strategies and an action plan to ultimately expand employment transportation services in low-income communities.
2006 Joblinks Planning Grantees
The following seven grantees will take on the following projects:
- Applicant Organization: Coalition for Independence -- Kansas City, Kansas
Geography: semi-urban; regional
Wyandotte Services & Works
Mid-America Regional Council
Unified Government of Kansas City, Transit Department
Kansas City Workforce Development Center
Riverview Community Services
School Linked Services
Form task force to formulate planning and outreach and organize focus group input process to create comprehensive transportation strategy with community organizations for feedback before approval.
- Applicant Organization: Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. -- Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Junction Center for Independent Living
Mountain Empire Community College
University of Virginia -- Wise
Produce a regional transportation plan on planning, policy, marketing, training, fund raising and operations, including an existing resources inventory, needs assessment, barrier and gap inventory and service improvement plan.
- Applicant Organization: North County Transit District -- Oceanside, California
Full Access and Coordinated Transportation
North County Community Services
North County Community Action Network
Transit Alliance for a Better North County
Aging and Independence Services
San Diego HHS
State council on Developmental Disabilities
San Diego Center for the Blind
San Diego Association of Governments, Coordinated Transportation Services Agency
Support letter from SANDAG, the MPO
Provide education to community organizations, social service agencies, employers, career centers, faith based organizations, and elected officials on the concepts and benefits of coordinated transportation; identify perceived barriers to development of a coordinated transportation system; conduct needs assessments for different populations; conduct resource survey of resources; and create Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with agencies that overcome the identified perceived barriers; develop a process for establishing true allocated costs of transportation for social service agencies.
- Applicant Organization: St. Francis Medical Center Foundation -- Grand Island, Nebraska
Funding Requested: $60,000
Geography: small urban/rural
Central Community College
Hall County Public Transportation (Senior Citizens Industries, Inc)
Hope Harbor -- collaborative project to help needy families
City of Grand Island
Nebraska Workforce Development
Grand Island Ministerial Association
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Build on existing transportation study by implementing service improvements and undertaking marketing effort cultivated by results of data collection from businesses and varied community-based focus groups. Develop a project framework, a detailed design and launch of a long-range plan with goal to execute wide-ranging improvements.
- Applicant Organization: Valley Council of Governments -- Derby, Connecticut
Geography: rural-suburban-small urban-urban
Coordinated Transportation Solutions, Inc.
Valley Needs and Opportunities
Valley Council for Health and Human Services
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Valley Transit District
TEAM/One Stop Center
Birmingham Group Health Services
Collect and analyze data on transportation infrastructures, services, needs, mapping of data analysis; draw conclusions and develop final action plan with goal of improving service.
- Applicant Organization: Volunteers of America: Western Washington -- Everett, Washington
DisAbility Resource Connection
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Snohomish County Special Needs Transportation Coalition (SNOTRAC) [10 organizations & agencies on Executive Committee & 18 on Steering Committee]
Conduct a mobility needs assessment for low-income people in Northern Snohomish County, construct a transportation demand inventory for that area, collect information on relevant transportation services, and craft final report, compiling data from these information efforts.
- Applicant Organization: West River Transit Authority, Inc -- Spearfish, South Dakota (DBA: Prairie Hills Transit)
South Dakota Career Center
Northern Hills Training Center
Spearfish Chamber of Commerce
Premier Bankcard Center
Black Hills Education Connection
Spearfish Ministerial Association
Black Hills State University
Work with social services, career centers, education, employers, special needs populations, faith and community-based organizations and transit providers to assess unmet need, collect data, identify marketing tools, prepare cost assessments of service improvements, and devise an implementation plan.