What is Transit Coordination?
Transportation coordination is a cooperative arrangement between transportation providers and organizations needing transportation services. Coordination is a key factor in providing a comprehensive transportation network.
Coordination between transportation providers and service agencies can help fill transportation gaps. That’s because coordinated transportation can help agencies provide more rides using the same or fewer resources, make transportation easier to use, and give customers more options of where and when to travel. What’s more, coordination can help providers and agencies use their vehicles and other resources more efficiently. More about why to coordinate
Calculating Benefits of Transit Coordination: Minnesota Case Studies
The Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) conducted a study on the economic costs and benefits of transit coordination strategies in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2010 (MN Statute 2010 174.285) to "study, evaluate, oversee, and make recommendations to improve the coordination, availability, accessibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety of transportation services provided to the transit public." The council succeeds the Interagency Committee on Transit Coordination (ICTC).
Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 144
Explores issues and potential solutions for identifying and sharing the cost of providing transportation services for access to community-based human services programs. The two-volume set examines current practices and offer strategies for collecting necessary data, addressing administrative and policy-related issues, and establishing cost allocation procedures.
The Toolkit, a result of the Minnesota Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Coordination Study, is a compilation of briefs on specific coordination topics that outline the issues and obstacles to coordination.