The United We Ride Federal Interagency program to enhance coordination of Federal resources to breakdown barriers for local communities to utilize various human services transportation funding streams, suggested outcome measures for coordination activities: Measure 1: Increase the # of rides for the same or fewer assets for people with disabilities, older adults, children and youth, and individuals with lower incomes.... more »
Please provide operating assistance to help defray the cost of providing service to the seniors and persons with disabilities. In addition, expand capital assistance to include computer, radio and mdt equipment.
It would be useful to have more specific information about the final recipients of Section 5310 funding available at the national level in an aggregated fashion. This would help to identify trends and gaps in services that can be addressed systemically. Utilizing the National Transit Database would help achieve this.
Any performance measures should include a real measure about the access and quality of services for individuals who use the service. While efficiency and quantity data is key, real enhancement of access to services and supports will tell us more.
This idea is to have a Quality and Efficiency Champion in every transportation municipality across the country. This Champion would be responsible for the collection, tracking and aggregation of data regarding transportiaotn to seniors and people with disabilities and would be responsible to report said to the local transportation authorities.
FTA should develop reasonable and attainable performance goals but please allow the states the flexibility to develop their own performance measures. The states know what is best for their programs and can reach FTA's goals better if they are able to measure them with their own tools.
The FTA should provide funding assistance for person s who are disabled (PWDS) to secure and provide their own solar-powered accessible and regular vehicles owned by them for provision of service to supplement existing service in order to accommodate stranded riders who cannot get picked up by wheelchair taxi or paratransit, riders with respiratory allergies and bone and joint disabilities and to transport to areas not... more »
We already have a strong program, but with the greying of America we need more operating funds to keep pace with increased ridership demand. How can we set measures for increasing service if we don't receive increased funding? Otherwise, our goal will simply be to maintain service while facing funding reductions - what use is that as a measure?
Although I cannot speak for all agencies, but for my agency some of the data collection would be difficult because we do not have the funding to: - Increase geographic service area without reducing the level of service in the current service area - Increase service hours - Increase accessibility in terms of accessible vehicles. These are things that our agency would like to do, but we are not in the position to do so.... more »
Through the state's ARMS System where you can track data on type of transportation, the age, gender, and other info.
Performance measures that have typically focused on passenger volume are useful in densely populated areas. In the most rural areas of the nation, distance to services and low population per square mile should not have their effectiveness and community value measured on the same basis as in an urban/suburban setting. As important as performance measures, the formulas for allocating resources should be reconsidered as... more »
The transportation side of our services runs at a substantial loss, utilizing alternantive fuel sources in our vehicles could greatly reduce the costs associated with this service. Including these options in the 5310 grant program will be greatly beneficial to our organization and the population we serve.
Agencies that administer Section 5310 programs or organizations/jurisdictions that supply the local match are often asked to provide data and performance reports or explanations of social/financial impacts. Typically these requests come from state legislative assemblies or local and regional councils. As a Section 5310 grantee (state direct recipient) or sub-grantee, what performance measures or success indicators have... more »
Performance measures should be tied to the purposes and anticipated short term and long term outcomes of 5310 projects - and thinking about both qualitative and quantiative measures is important! At the program level -- some sort of electronic submission of data by grantees would enhance the quality and efficiency of data collection. The US Department of Education has a robust performance measure system for its TA&D... more »
The most valuable usage of funds for us are: vehicle replacement, vehicle replacement, vehicle replacement.