BRPC: The Coordinated Public Transit
Human Services Transportation Plan
The Coordinated Public Transit
Human Services Transportation (HST) Plan focuses on thetransportation needs of persons with disabilities, older adults, and persons with low income andidentifies strategies to improve the quality and availability of transportation services for thesethree demographic groups.The Coordinated HST Plan is
updated to retain the region’s eligibility to receive federal funding
and to address the growing needs of human services transportation users. This plan also fulfillsthe federal requirements enacted under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and EfficientTransportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005. SAFETEA-LU stipulatesthat beginning in 2007, all projects funded through Section 5310, Elderly Individuals andindividuals with Disabilities Program; Section 5316, JARC and Section 5317; New FreedomPrograms must be derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit human servicestransportation plan.The first Coordinated Public Transit
Human Services Transportation Plan for Berkshire Countywas prepared in June, 2007 by the BRPC. The Human Services Plan has been periodicallyupdated, with the last update occurring in June 2009. This 2012 update has been prepared tofulfill Federal legislative requirements, address changes identified from the 2010 census and toidentify changes in the needs of individuals including disabled, elderly and low income individuals.
Funding Programs and EligibilitySection 5310:
Section 5310 grants are intended to assist private nonprofit groups in meetingthe transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when the transportationservice provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs.
Grants may be used for capital expenses that support transportation to meetthe special needs of older adults and persons with disabilities:
Vehicles and vehicle related expenses including: Buses; Vans; Radios andcommunication equipment; Vehicle shelters; Wheelchair lifts and restraints; Vehiclerehabilitation; manufacture, or overhaul.
Lease of equipment when lease is more cost effective than purchase.
Computer hardware and software.
Vehicle procurement, testing, inspection, and acceptance costs.
Acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement.
The introduction of new technology into public transportation.
Transit related intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
Supporting new mobility management and coordination programs among publictransportation providers and other human service agencies providing transportation.
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Section 5316:
grants are intended to provide new transit service to transitional assistancerecipients and other low-income individuals in getting to jobs, training, and child care.
grants are designed to develop transit services to transport workers to suburban job