Transportation Concerns to be Addressed at Upcoming Meetings

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The Region 8 Human Service Transportation Plan (HSTP) committee meetings are scheduled for March, June, September, and December in locations around East Central Illinois, including Urbana and Danville. All meetings are open to the public and are set to last from 10am to noon.

HSTP is an initiative to evaluate existing transportation services; identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, people with low incomes, and the general public; and establish goals and strategies for meeting those needs. The program began as a way to meet coordination requirements set forth in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, which guaranteed funding for highways, highway safety, and public transportation.

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Champaign-Urbana urbanized area, the RPC coordinates the HSTP program for Region 8 in Illinois, which includes Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion Counties. The 2020 meeting schedule can be found below.

According to Kristen Gisondi, Human Service Transportation Coordinator for Region 8, people who struggle to find transportation will benefit from attending these meetings. “Transportation providers for persons with disabilities, people with low incomes, older adults, and the general public will be discussing transportation challenges, innovations, and unmet needs,” she says. “HSTP committee members track unmet transportation needs and plan projects to improve services. We encourage members of the public interested in learning more about HSTP and how the plan will address their concerns about transportation issues in the community to attend these meetings.”

HSTP consists of six major components:

  • A national and state overview of existing public transportation and human services coordination, legislation, and funding
  • Existing conditions and demographics of the urbanized area
  • A view of mobility today, analyzing major trip generators, top employers, and existing transportation services within the urbanized area
  • Public participation in the planning process
  • Coordination, gaps, unmet needs, and duplication
  • A vision for future mobility, goals, and objectives for the urbanized area

Residents thinking of attending the meetings can learn more about the HSTP committee, as well as find agendas and other meeting documents, here.

 

2020 Region 8 Meeting Dates

 

March 19, 2020

Lifespan Center (11021 E. Co Ro 800 N)

Charleston, IL

 

June 18, 2020

Arcola Center (107 W. Main Street)

Arcola, IL

 

September 17, 2020

Brookens Administrative Center (1776 E. Washington Street)

Urbana, IL

 

December 10, 2020

CRIS Rural Mass Transit District (615 E. Voorhees Street)

Danville, IL

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