Over 2019-2020 MAPO led planning work to develop an Operational Implementation Plan (OIP) for a Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC) servicing the south-central Minnesota region. MAPO employed a broad range of public engagement over the course of this project including individual outreach to stakeholder groups and a series of Open Houses to inform and gather stakeholder input. Phase 1 – Planning funds and technical assistance were provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The Open Houses are described below:
Open House #1: Conducted via interactive teleconference to accommodate targeted population with disabilities. Riverbend Group – National Federation for the Blind. July 9, 2019, January 9, 2020, February 13, 2020
Open House #2: New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St., New Ulm, MN 56073. Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 3:30PM. Interested persons unable to attend the event may review the Open House #2 boards.
Open House #3: Live virtual open house to accommodate public health guidance related to COVID-19. Tuesday, August 18, 5:00PM. Interested persons who were not able to attend the event are encouraged to review the Open House #3 presentation slides.
Open House #4: Live virtual open house to accommodate public health guidance related to COVID-19. Monday, September 14, 5:00PM. Interested persons who were not able to attend the event are encouraged to review the Open House #4 presentation slides.
What is a Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC)?
Increasingly, Minnesotans are commuting from one area to another for jobs, medical appointments, education, shopping, and other purposes. The need for effective, affordable regional public transportation is growing, especially for those most in need such as older adults, persons with disabilities, persons with low income, students, new Americans, and veterans. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Transit & Active Transportation provided funds for the creation of a statewide network of Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) throughout Greater Minnesota. RTCCs are intended to be a regional forum for formalized and increased coordination between transportation providers (public, private, and nonprofit) and human service agencies with the goal of providing customers a more efficient system of transportation options, easier access, and more transportation options that meet their travel needs.
How do I get involved?
Please visit the Public Participation section of this site for the many ways to make your voice heard.