Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) is the designated recipient for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds in the Columbia Metropolitan Region. As such, CMCOG administers Federal program funding for transit related services that assist targeted population groups. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the current Federal legislation that requires projects selected for funding through the Section 5310 Program to be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The FAST Act also requires that the plan be developed and approved through a process that includes participation by older adults, individuals with disabilities, representatives of the public, and nonprofit, public, and private transportation providers. This plan satisfies the Federal requirement. The Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan (HSTCP) for CMCOG and Columbia Area Transportation Study (COATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization documents the following:
♦ Existing demographic and socio-economic conditions.
♦ Current transportation resources in the Region.
♦ Unmet transportation needs and barriers to mobility as documented through input from older adults, individuals with disabilities, people with low incomes, human service agency representatives, and the general public.
♦ Goals and strategies for improving the network of mobility options for older adults, individuals with disabilities, people with low incomes, and the general public.
The planning area for the study includes Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield Counties and geographic portions of Kershaw and Calhoun Counties that are within the COATS Urbanized Area.
The intent of the HSTCP is to develop a coordinated approach for improving the network of transportation resources for older adults, individuals with disabilities, people with low incomes, and the general public in a manner that maximizes the use of existing resources and introduces new programs that will be most appropriate for addressing the needs identified by local stakeholders.