The Human Service Transportation Plan (HSTP) has been a part of the NCICG family since July of 2007. Transit systems and human service agencies wishing to receive funding from Section 5310 and Section 5311 federal funding sources are required to be included in a local HSTP. This is a requirement of the transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).
Illinois consists of 11 HSTP Regions, of which NCICG is responsible for the coordination of Regions 1 and 3. To assist in coordination in these regions, the HSTP Coordinator is well-equipped to assist any organization involved in HSTP in several ways. Some examples include, but are not limited to: developing surveys, analyzing route data, transportation coordination between multiple agencies, marketing, public outreach, and enhancing a transit vehicle maintenance programs as well as some assistance on grant writing (note: the HSTP Coordinator will not write or be contracted to write grants). Since the inception of the program, NCICG has been successful in assisting organization to receive well over $500,000.00 in JARC and New Freedom grant money. In addition to JARC and New Freedom numerous organizations have received grants for vehicles as a result of the HSTP process.
Meeting Information for Calendar Year 2014
Region 1 (Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties)
Region 3 (Bureau, DeKalb, Grundy, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, and Putnam Counties)
HSTP Plan Update
In 2007, the first HSTP Plans were developed for Regions 1 and 3. These plans set the initial groundwork for the HSTP Program. These plans focused on strategies to develop and guide the HSTP process. They outlined some of the activities that transit systems wished to pursue. The 2012 HSTP Plans are available for download at the bottom of this page. These plans contain many of the same elements as the first plans. In addition to the prior plans, these contain some strategies that transit systems are enacting to create better customer service and increase ridership. Gaps and needs are identified as well as possible solutions to these issues. These plans present a road-map of possible solutions to the many problems that people face with regard to personal mobility.
In the first half of 2014, a revised HSTP Plan will be made available. During this time all members of the Region 3 Transportation Committee and Advisory Committee will be asked for their input in the plan. This will be your opportunity to express the gaps and needs that your clients face with regard to public transportation. Don't pass up this opportunity. More details to follow...
Regional Advisory Committee
The Region 3 Advisory Committee continues full force into 2014! The first meeting of the year was held on January 9th. The notes from this meeting will be made available to the Region 3 Transportation Committee prior to the January 25th meeting. There will at a minimum 3 more meetings in 2014. These meeting will likely take place in the spring, summer, and fall. All human service agencies providing services to seniors, people with disabilities, and the low-income are invited to attend under the condition that they are not a provider of public transportation.
on Your Mind...
At HSTP monthly meetings we often have a "topic of interest" on each of the agendas. Examples may include, but are not limited to: what is being done to streamline medical transportation and what are some of the concerns of the human service organizations utilizing public transportation? We want to hear your concerns, but more importantly we want to know what can be done to solve these issues. Please submit any topic ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.