CityVan service will start service on March 1, 2010. CityVan is operated by Ithaca Dispatch, under contract with Tompkins County Department of Social Services. CityVan will provide subscription van service for people who do not have access to TCAT bus routes. All rides must be pre-arranged by calling Ithaca Dispatch at 277-7777. The one-way fare for the general public is $3. CityVan will also transport clients in County programs to work, medical appointments and other services.
We have a simpler proposal form for you to use to apply for FTA JARC and New Freedom funds for 2010/2011. Plus, the deadline for proposal submittals was extended to March 8, 2010. The Coordinated Plan Committee will review proposals submitted by March 8 at the March 16 meeting. Agencies are encouraged to colloborate, as needed, to complete and submit a proposal to the ITCTC.
At yesterday's Coordinated Plan meeting (Feb 23), I stated that agencies will be able to submit proposals on an on-going basis after March 8. There will be rolling deadlines one week before the monthly Coordinated Plan meetings. A schedule will be posted after the March 16 meeting.
Please contact with questions. Thanks.
Yesterday (Feb 9, 2010), Tompkins County and Ithaca Dispatch signed the CityVan contract for the subscription van pilot project connecting the Towns of Newfield and Enfield with the Ithaca urban area. CityVan will serve rural residents who do not have access to TCAT bus service. CityVan will consolidate rides for three Department of Social Services programs, replacing individual taxi trips. The start date for service to begin will be announced on Feb 17.
Last November, United We Ride (unitedweride.gov) conducted a national dialogue to generate ideas around the question: What ideas and actions can increase access to affordable and reliable transportation services for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes?
Between November 2nd and 13th of last year, more than 3,500 stakeholders from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia participated in the United We Ride National Dialogue. Following the conclusion of the National Dialogue, an Independent Panel of Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration conducted a review and analysis of the content and identified emerging themes and key recommendations for the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM). The CCAM will be reviewing the themes and recommendations submitted to develop their new strategic plan and future policy direction. Many ideas and recommendations may be useful for state and local decision-makers as well.
I know three people from Tompkins County who contributed four ideas to the dialogue. The final report can be found here. Plus, you can explore the national dialogue website for the ideas offered. I would like to adopt this process for our coordinated planning effort.
Way2Go, Cornell Cooperative Extension's transportation information and education program for Tompkins County, is now ready for prime time.
Way2Go has a website: http://www.ccetompkins.org/way2go/
There is today's story in the Ithaca Journal. http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20102070372
Way2Go is putting on workshops, for human service professionals (Feb) and the public (Mar), are listed here http://www.way2goinfo.org/take-charge.htm
Also in March, the first workshop for transportation providers and planners (Moving Faster and Farther) will occur on March 19. This meeting will enable providers and planners to get better acquainted, share expertise, problem-solve, and explore topics such as cost-savings, collaborative marketing, shared efficiencies, and other innovative ideas for increasing consumer appeal and use of transportation alternatives.
For more information contact Chrisophia Somerfeldt, 272-2292 ext 184
So far in 2010, there are 20 participating organizations in the Coordinated Plan process. If you are interested, please contact me.
Fourteen people came to our Feb 1 Pre-Proposal and Idea Meeting. Today, I published a summary, on the Feb 1 meeting page.
Dwight Mengel works in the Tompkins County Department of Social Services as its Chief Transportation Planner.