Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan Update
December 28, 2022
This Plan updates the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (hereafter referred to as the Coordinated Plan) for the City of Kokomo and Howard County that was initially developed in 2008 to fulfill the planning requirements for the United We Ride initiative and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and updated in 2018. The SAFTEA-LU was the federal surface transportation authorization effective through September 30, 2012. These requirements continued under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. The SAFTEA-LU and MAP-21 Acts were effective through September 30, 2015.
On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law to reauthorization surface transportation programs through Fiscal Year 2020. The FAST Act applied new program rules to all FTA funds and authorizes transit programs for five years. According to requirements of the FAST Act, locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans must be updated to reflect the changes established by the FAST Act Federal legislation. The Coordinated Plan 2018 update met the new Fast Act requirements and reflected the changes in funding programs.
On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act (IIJA) was enacted into law. The IIJA continues the policies set forth by the Fast Act and provides $937 billion over five years from FY 2022 through 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, including $284 billion for the US Department of Transportation, of which $39 billion is dedicated to transit. The IIJA directs the US Department of Transportation to apply the funding toward modernizing and making improvements.
Funding to update this locally-developed regional Coordinated Plan was provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation, Office of Transit (INDOT) and involved active participation from local agencies that provide transportation for the general public, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
Section 5310 Program: Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
The program most significant impacted by the plan update is the Section 5310 Program because participation in a locally developed Coordinated Transportation Plan is one of the eligible requirements for Section 5310 Program funding