IN MY ROLE AS THE MOBILITY COORDINATOR, OUR EFFORTS ARE FOCUSED ON THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA THAT MIRRORS THE HEARTLAND RURAL AREA OF CRITICAL ECONOMIC CONCERN, WHICH IS THE COUNTIES OF: HARDEE, HIGHLANDS, DESOTO, OKEECHOBEE, GLADES AND HENDRY AND THE COMMUNITIES OF: BELLE GLADE, PAHOKEE AND SOUTH BAY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, AND IMMOKALEE IN COLLIER COUNTY. WITHIN THIS RURAL REGION, MOBILITY IS AN EVEN GREATER CHALLENGE AS MANY OF THE CITIES ARE LONG DISTANCES APART AND IN A LOT OF AREAS, THERE ARE NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AVAILABLE .
NADO National Conference on Rural TransportationGreenville, South CarolinaApril 24 – 26, 2013
LEGISLATUREGOVERNORCOMMISSION FOR THETRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGEDMULTI-COUNTY LOCALCOORDINATING BOARD(HARDEE, HIGHLANDS,OKEECHOBEE)PURCHASERS•MEDICAID•CTD•SECTION 5311•DEOA•CHILDREN ANDFAMILIES•PUBLICCONTRACT CARRIERS•A-1 TAXI d/b/d RGK TRANSPORT•CLASSIE TRANSPORTATION•HAYES MEDICAL TRANSPORT•POSITIVE MOBILITYFTA/FDOTVEOLIA TRANSPORTATIONSERVICES, INC.OFFICIAL PLANNING AGENCYCENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONALPLANNING COUNCIL
16% of total population in rural areas 26 of 67 counties are rural Per capita income 15% to 25% lower than in urbancounties Rural population with high school diploma is 7% less thannational average Per capita incomes in Florida’s Designated Rural Areasof Critical Economic Concern” are 60% of nationalaverage High unemployment
Six Rural Counties Four Rural CommunitiesinTwo Urban Counties 5,000 + Square Miles Diverse Population>300,000 Wide range of needs
PERSONAL VEHICLE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES PARATRANSIT SERVICES PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES COMMUTER SERVICES VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
A comprehensive planning effort that wasdeveloped around 5 major goals:1.Promote mobility within the Heartland region.2.Support the Region’s economic developmentopportunities.3.Provide coordination between the Region’s land usedevelopment and promotion of smart growth.4.Promote mobility from the Heartland to other regionaldestinations.5.Coordinate regional mobility governance, planning andfunding.
Coordination Project Priorities Joint Marketing / Outreach Shared Resources Maximize Economic Development / GrowthManagement / Funding Eligibilities Promote Partnerships / Grant Opportunities Education and Awareness
MMRecognition of “No One Size Fits All”But we’vealways doneit this way
Launched in 2007 Program of the Florida Department ofTransportation – District 1 Collaborating with businesses, commuters,and local communities 12-county region – newemployer-based approachwith planning/marketingemphasis
Focus on Economic Development Regional Network Development Mobility Relevance◦ Economy, Job Access, Education, Healthy Communities Regional Cooperation Planning Process – currently working to establisha 6 county Transportation Planning Organization
Identify Region Characteristics and Demographics Identify Transportation Resources Establish Public Involvement Plan Assess Overall Regional Mobility Needs Evaluate Existing Public Transportation Services Develop Goals, Objectives and Policies Identify and Evaluate Mobility Alternatives Develop Rural Mobility Operations and StrategicImplementation Plan
County AdministratorRepresentation FDOT, RPC Support Other Key Regional Partners Work Program Development Coordination Process Public Involvement Grants/Funding CollaborationCTC’sOperatorsFDOT LocalGovt.RPCMobilityWorkingGroup