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 2013
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. Updated HSTP Plans are available for download at the bottom of this page.The new HSTP Plans contain many of the same elements as the first plans. In addition to the prior plans, the updated plans 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.
Regional Advisory Committee
The idea of setting up a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) to work alongside the Regional Transportation Committee has been discussed for several months. The RAC had its first meeting on June 19th at Mendota Area Senior Services. The goals as well as the structure of this committee were discussed at great length. Minutes of the meeting will be made available by the end of July.
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 email@example.com.