Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be hosting a series of meetings to share information and gather input on transportation-related issues within the four-county region of Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan. All residents are encouraged to attend and participate. Our goal is to identify the transportation needs within the region. We will also review the current transportation providers, look for gaps or unmet needs, and identify barriers to providing those needed services.
The Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan is a five-year plan; this will be an update to our existing plan originally approved in 2013. The completed plan is due to MoDOT by February 1, 2018. The planning process is estimated to take approximately 10 months, to collect the data and develop the final plan. There will be time for public review and comments on the draft plan in January 2018.
This plan is important to the many organizations within our region that offer transportation options to the elderly, disabled and low-income populations. With the approved and adopted plan in place eligible organizations can apply for grant funding to improve and support their transportation efforts.
“Federal transit law requires that
projects selected for funding under the Enhanced Mobility for
Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program be
"included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human
services transportation plan," and that the plan be "developed and approved through a
process that included participation by seniors,individuals with disabilities,
representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members
of the public" utilizing transportation services. These coordinated
plans identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older
adults, and people with low incomes, provide strategies for meeting these
needs, and prioritize transportation services for funding and
implementation.” US Department of Transportation-Federal Transit Administration
Planning Project Objectives:
Assessment of available services, including current transportation providers, public, private, and not-for-profits, identifying the service area and hours of operation.
Assessment of transportation needs of the elderly, disabled and low incomes.
Identify gaps in transportation needs and the currently available services.
Develop strategies and activities that would address the transportation needs within the region.
Identify funding opportunities for implementation of the plan.