Regional Transportation Coordinating Organizations
Coordination between transportation providers and service agencies is a strategy that can help fill transportation gaps by providing more rides using the same or fewer resources, making transportation easier to use and giving customers more options of where and when to travel.
MCOTA agencies are developing organizations to facilitate coordination at a local level through two types of organizations:
- Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) in Greater Minnesota, and
- Twin Cities Area Transit Coordination Assistance Projects (TCAPs) in the Twin Cities' counties.
Both types of organizations consist of local stakeholders interested in improving mobility for the "transportation disadvantaged" – older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes and/or military veterans.
Greater Minnesota Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs)
The Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Human Services, in collaboration with other state agencies, are working with the Metropolitan Council and other local governments and organizations to create Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils as appropriate throughout Minnesota. Coordination between transportation providers and service agencies is a strategy that can help fill transportation gaps by providing more rides using the same or fewer resources, making transportation easier to use and giving customers more options of where and when to travel.
The agencies are providing support for creating a statewide framework of 8-10 Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils throughout Minnesota. The RTCCs will be responsible for coordinating transportation services through a network of existing public, private and non-profit transportation providers.
In July 2018, the following organizations were awarded transportation planning funds from the MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation to begin Phase 1 Organizational Planning efforts to create a Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC) within their regions. In June 2020, MnDOT awarded grants to RTCCs for SFY21, July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 (PDF).
- Northeast Minnesota RTCC
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
(Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis)
- East Central Minnesota RTCC
East Central Regional Development Commission
(Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine)
- North Central Minnesota RTCC
Headwaters Regional Development Commission
(Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen)
- Mid-Minnesota RTCC
Mid-Minnesota Development Commission
(Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, and Sibley)
- Northwest Minnesota RTCC
Northwestern Regional Development Commission
(Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau)
- Central Minnesota RTCC
Region Five Development Commission
(Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena)
- St. Cloud Minnesota RTCC
St. Cloud Area Planning Organization (APO)
(Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright)
- Southeast Minnesota RTCC
Three Rivers Community Action, Inc.
(Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona)
- West Central Minnesota RTCC
West Central Community Action, Inc.
(Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilken)
For more information about RTCCs in Minnesota, please contact:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Transit and Active Transportation
Twin Cities Area Transit Coordination Assistance Projects (TCAPs)
Five counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area have current transportation coordination efforts, and Anoka and Hennepin counties are starting projects in 2019.
Background on RTCCs and TCAPs
RTCC Stakeholder Workshops
In 2015, participants throughout the state shared their perspectives on features to include a potential coordination council in their regions.