Transportation coordination

Transportation coordination involves human service agencies, transportation providers, consumer groups, and public officials working together to develop and improve services for individuals unable to provide their own transportation. Many of those served are not able to provide their own transportation as a result of disability, age or income. Transportation coordination provides more rides to more consumers through cooperation, communication and sharing resources, ensuring that transportation resources funded by local, state and federal programs are well-managed.

2019-2023 coordination plans updates

2019-2023 transportation coordination plan requirements

Federal transit law, as amended by the FAST Act (2015), requires that projects selected for funding under the Section 5310, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program be:

  1. Must be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan, and
  2. The plan must also be developed and approved through a process that includes participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public.

Federal law requires coordinated plans to be updated every four to five years and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has developed tools and forms to assist in these required updates.

For an overview of coordinated plan requirements, please review the 2013-2018 plans as well as the 2018 presentation.

2019-2023 coordination plan submittal and deadlines

Counties should submit plans electronically to BlackCat® Grant Management System by October 15, 2018. A guide has been developed to assist counties in submitting their plan into BlackCat® Grant Management System

The development of coordination plans is led by the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) in Wisconsin, and WisDOT must receive a completed plan from each county.

Contact Katie Patterson, Katherine.patterson@dot.wi.gov, (608) 264-7335 with questions related to the Transportation Coordination requirements or BlackCat login information.

2019-2023 coordination plan resources

Below are resources that may assist in public outreach and meeting facilitation for the development of each coordination plan.

2019-2023 coordination plan forms

All forms required for the 2019-2023 coordination plans can be accessed on BlackCat but are also posted here for convenience. These forms are only templates, and counties should feel free to use their own documents.

  1. Public announcement/flyer
  2. Meeting invite list
  3. Meeting agenda
  4. Participant list
  5. Transportation services inventory
  6. Coordination plan sample worksheet
  7. Coordination plan worksheet
  8. Meeting evaluation

2019-2023 informational resources for coordination plan completion

The information below provide resources on why coordination plans are mandated as well as current state transit information.

State resources

Federal resources

2019-2023 organizational resources for coordination plan completion

The organizational resources below may aid each county in getting appropriate stakeholders to public meetings to provide meaningful input on transit goals.

Local/state/tribal government organizations

Advocacy groups

National and state organizations

Additional transportation coordination resources

These resources may be helpful for general transportation coordination questions and issues.

Wisconsin resources

Documents