Why Coordinate Transportation?
In June of 2003, following a General Accountability Office report that 62 separate federal programs funded public transportation, the US Congress directed the Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services to develop guidance for state and local planning agencies to achieve transportation coordination. This initiative called “United We Ride” seeks to provide more cost-effective use of funding by coordinating various transportation resources.
The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that $700 million dollars can be saved annually through coordination of human and public transportation services. At the same time, access and availability can be improved through:
How will the Community Benefit?
Senior Citizens — Our communities are populated by a large and growing number of senior citizens who are isolated without transportation to medical appointments, community centers, and religious services. Transportation is a lifeline for individuals with a disability that restricts their ability to own or operate a private vehicle.
Workers and Commuters — Everyone can contribute to community life with the ability to reach jobs, education, and training. Affordable and accessible transportation offers the opportunity for economic achievement and personal independence.
Business and Industry — Access to commercial and retail services increases with improved public transportation. The pool of available employees is expanded. Parking demands and traffic congestion are eased, and shipping and delivery of goods are expedited.
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