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Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plans


Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) continues the MAP-21 requirement for a coordinated plan for funded projects in the FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) requires that projects selected for funding be derived from a coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan or "coordinated plan". Projects funded through this federal program as well as Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) are required to be derived from a locally developed, coordinated plan.

The following information is taken from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 5310 pertaining to coordinated plans:
A locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (“coordinated plan”) identifies the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, seniors, and people with low incomes, provides strategies for meeting those local needs, and prioritizes transportation services and projects for funding and implementation.

Required Elements

Coordinated Plans are required to have specific elements in order to meet FTA requirements. The State does not approve a community's Coordinated Plan, only certifies to FTA all required elements are in the plan. Coordinated Plans must:

  1. Be locally developed. Evidenced by public participation that must include seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, non-profit and human services transportation providers, and other members of the public.
  2. Include information on:
    1. The community background;
    2. Inventory of local resources and services;
    3. Needs assessment;
    4. Gaps in service;
    5. Strategies;
    6. Priority of Projects;
    7. Signature page of participating agencies.
  3. Resolution from local governing body adopting the Coordinated Plan
  4. Coordinated Plans must be updated every five years.

More Information

For more information about existing plans or starting the process for a coordinated plan, contact Alaska Community Transit at 907-465-6978 or by email at

Coordinated Plan Toolkit - provides guidance for creating or updating a coordinated plan

Alaska Coordinated Plans - List of current communities that have coordinated plans.

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