In February 2004, Executive Order on Human Service Transportation #13330 directed eleven federal departments and agencies to work together to ensure that transportation services are seamless, comprehensive, and accessible; and established the Federal Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), tasked to simplify access to transportation for people with disabilities, people with lower incomes, and older adults. The CCAM launched United We Ride (UWR), a national initiative to implement the Executive Order and the Action Plan established by the CCAM.
The Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility defined the coordination of specialized transportation services as "a process through which representatives of different agencies and client groups work together to achieve any one or all of the following goals: more cost effective service delivery; increased capacity to service unmet needs; improved quality of service; and service which are more easily understood and accessed by riders."
DVRPC is responsible for facilitating the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process for the Delaware Valley. DVRPC's regional plan coordinates and prioritizes investments under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) [pdf] program, and also prioritizes regional proposals for funding under the New Jersey JARC (NJ-JARC) program. The coordinated plan should also be used to prioritize projects for other funding sources that support access improvements for low income residents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
In 2016, DVRPC renewed the region's CHSTP. This resulting project—entitled Equity Through Access—had a broader approach than previous updates, and focused on developing and prioritizing projects that may be funded outside of the traditional CHSTP funding sources. DVRPC's Board accepted ETA as the region's CHSTP in October 2016, and accepted updates to the ETA plan in October 2020.
Additional Plan Update Information
Previous CHSTP Plans
The 2010 Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Summary includes summaries of existing regional services and non-traditional services, and outlines regional goals and strategies for providing additional services to low income, elderly, and disabled residents in the Delaware Valley. This document is based on the 2007 Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan, which also included additional inventories and detailed appendixes, some of which are no longer current.