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Background

The Ames Area MPO coordinates the development of the Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP). This plan coordinates efforts between transportation providers and human service agencies providing transportation services for the Ames community. The purpose is to enhance transportation access throughout the community, minimize duplication of services, and facilitate the most appropriate cost-effective transportation possible with available resources. The plan helps decision makers by outlining the transportation providers and human service agencies' priority needs within the Ames community. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) encourages agencies to share specific projects that may develop or be requested in future federal/state grant applications.  However, the Iowa DOT requires the identification of any priorities or strategies for any specific 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) funded projects.

Process

PTP progress reports and request for input are held monthly during the Story County Human Service Council (SCHSC) meetings as part of their agenda, if needed. The SCHSC meets at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Avenue; Ames, IA in the fellowship hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted on their webpage. Meetings are only an hour and begin at 11:30 am. The Ames Area MPO is responsible to update the plan, at a minimum, every five years. The plan is also used as one of several inputs into the Transit Chapter of the area's long-range transportation plan.  Development of the plan must include a honest effort to jointly involve human service agencies/organizations, private transportation providers, and transit systems in the planning process and consider all passenger transportation needs and services.  The last full PTP plan was completed in 2019. 

The SCHSC meets monthly throughout the year between September and May while the university is in full session.  The PTP process is formally facilitated through this group, however, input is also garnered from the Story County Transportation Collaboration (TC) coordinated through the United Way of Story County. The Transportation Collaboration is a smaller group of transportation providers and human service agencies discussing only transportation issues. 

The last fully approved Passenger Transportation Plan was completed in 2019
and can be downloaded at:
2020 AAMPO Final Passenger Transportation Plan - March 2019

If any new projects come to light after a plan has been completed through discussions through the collaboration or the human services council, the AAMPO will provide an amendment of the plan documenting the need and specific project with identified federal funding.  AAMPO staff will have the Human Service Council and transportation providers review previously approved projects and their status, request any new transportation needs and finally request changes to the recommended projects for each plan. The meeting dates, agendas/minutes presentation/discussions/updates from Story County Human Service Council can be found more immediately at http://storycountyhumanservices.org/meetings-2/.

For additional information and/or to get involved in the annual PTP planning process through the Human Service Council or Story County Transportation Collaboration Committee, please contact Shari Atwood (Transit Planner) at satwood@cyride.com or 515-292-1100.

Past Years PTP Documents

 

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