The Regional Service Planning website is sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation to aid 24 regions across Texas coordinate public transportation service across metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas. Participants may use the website to find published planning resources, announce meetings, request assistance, and join an online community.
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Chapter 461 of the Texas State Transportation Code focuses on maximizing the benefits of the State's investment in public transportation through the coordination of services. Accordingly, the Texas Transportation Commission, under the leadership of Commissioner Hope Andrade, established the Regional Planning and Public Transportation Study Group. The mission of the Study Group was to review current public transportation planning and programming practices within metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas and to enhance service delivery, customer satisfaction, efficiency and effectiveness. The Study Group recommended that each region of the state develop and submit a regional coordinated public transportation service plan to the Commission by September 2006. The TTI research team provided technical and facilitation support to the Study Group and assisted each region to develop a regional transportation plan. This website was created to assist regional coordination efforts, share best practices, and provided a clearinghouse of technical information on relevant public transportation planning processes and strategies.
From September 2005 through 2007, thirty-five facilitations and/or presentations were conducted in 14 of the 24 regions through 2007. Each of the 24 regions prepared and submitted regional public transportation service coordination plans to the Commission by December 2006. Barriers and constraints to coordination were identified through interviews, meetings and research. The barriers and constraints were addressed throughout the two year project in presentations and five white papers. The white papers covered the role of overcoming coordination issues related to insurance, vehicle procurement, technology applications, alternative fuels, and driver hiring and training. The plans prepared by the regions represent the state of the practice in coordinated public transportation in Texas.