The Borough’s 2018-2022 Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP) is being updated to reflect current demographics and explore changing community needs. It will include an assessment of the Mat-Su Trip Call Center coordinated dispatch program, which was a strategy from the current plan to address coordination. A current plan is necessary for providers to access Federal Transit Authority money.
All CHSTP’s address a set list of topics; demographics, available transportation services and stakeholder engagement, with the intent of improving services specifically for specialty populations such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, zero car households and more. Additionally, the Borough’s updated plan will look at the economic impacts of these services and determine if there are specific recommendations for Capital Improvements that could assist in supporting service providers and increasing the economic and social benefits to Borough citizens.
FTA 5310 grants through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Alaska Mental Health Trust funding each focus on the transportation needs of disadvantaged persons and those with special transportation needs that cannot be met through traditional personal automobile or public transportation means. In order to be eligible for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) or Alaska Mental Health Trust funds through the Alaska DOT&PF Alaska Community Transit office (ACT), projects must be derived from a locally developed, coordinated plan that is updated at least every five (5) years.