Human Services Transportation Interim Plan
The Human Services Transportation Plan is a joint effort between the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of Community Health and the Georgia Department of Transportation to assess the RHST efforts within Georgia.
Coordination Plan Update
Georgia DOT is working with
Department of Human Services (DHS) and
Department of Community Health (DCH) to update the State’s Coordinated Rural and Human Services Transportation (RHST) Plan. To date, this effort has involved assessing the current extent of coordinated RHST efforts within Georgia and identifying ways to serve more trips across the state by improving efficiency, reducing redundancy, and leveraging new funding opportunities. Study efforts have been ongoing since 2010 and the current phase of activity will continue through March 2012.
On the state level, the three major funders of RHST (GDOT, DHS, DCH) along with the Governor’s Development Council (GDC) and other state agencies have established an ongoing
Technical Coordinating Group (TCG), comprised of staff representatives from each agency, to oversee the state’s coordination efforts in cooperation with
GDC’s RHST Committee and Advisory Subcommittee.
In the course of these activities, Georgia DOT has been working with the 12 regional commissions and has conducted a series of workshops to determine the existing RHST services as well as RHST needs for each of the regions. Three regions (Middle Georgia, River Valley and Three Rivers) were selected to implement mobility management pilot projects to enhance and support regional coordination efforts. These three regions initiated Mobility Management tasks in late 2011. The projects will be assessed throughout the year to determine if the program should be expanded to other areas of the state.
Statewide Coordination Efforts
The RHST Coordination Plan Update recommends the implementation of Mobility Management at both the State and Regional levels – mobility management is a strategic approach that designates a dedicated resource, or Mobility Manager, to focus on identifying and implementing coordination principals and strategies that enhance and improve efficiency and levels of service for customers, ultimately helping to stretch the transportation dollar further. Ongoing activities in support of the mobility management initiative include: