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bi-monthly e-newsletter for June/July 2019



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Greater Regional Mobility Initiative
 

In January, 2018 The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) was chosen to lead a pilot program named the Greater Regional Mobility Initiative (GRMI). The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) chose MVRPC to lead this project due to its strong history of collaboration and expertise. The GRMI will help create transportation connections for those with disabilities and for older adults in nine counties: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby. This project has two goals. The first goal is for all Ohio communities to develop a coordinated plan in order to prepare for regionalization. The second goal is to pilot the regionalized coordinated transportation planning process in two Ohio regions; one region that is rural and one that is a combination of urban and rural. The two-year pilot project is designed to facilitate the transition from focusing on individual counties to a greater region-wide project. In the coming years, regionalization will transform the coordinated plan process across the state. This work on the GRMI project would not be possible without the collaboration of the mobility managers and stakeholders. The draft of the coordinated plan will be available for the public by mid-June on the website. There will be two public meetings, one in the Southern area (Dayton Metro Public Library—Downtown) on July 9th and in Northern area (Shelby County Public Transit) on July 11th; from 4-6pm.

Transportation Budget Includes Increase for Transit

The Ohio State Legislature approved a $70 million annual allocation in the transportation budget effective July 1, 2019. Not quite the $100 million amount advocated by the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) to meet current need but still more than double the current allocation of $33 million. “Speaker Larry Householder and the Finance Committee should be commended for their vision for getting our state moving,” OPTA Executive Director W. Curtis Stitt said. “This funding recognizes the economic benefits of transit, generating $3.6 billion a year in economic activity and getting Ohioans to work, to school and healthcare in communities, large and small, throughout Ohio. OPTA also thanks Minority Leader Sykes and Representative Leland for championing transit in Ohio in this transportation budget.” Transit is key to growing Ohio’s economy. Research shows that the young professionals Ohio wants to attract and retain want more public transit options and the demand for public transit is growing rapidly. At the same time, public transit can reduce vehicle wear and tear on Ohio’s roads and improve the quality of our air and environment. “Transit is helping drive Ohio’s future,” Stitt added. “This investment recognizes that for Ohio to grow, transit mobility options using emerging technologies, must grow as well. This is a powerful and historic step forward in this budget process.” Although not determined at this time some of the additional funding will be used to support Mobility Management programs as well as public transit service in Greene County.

A NOTE FROM

Ken Collier, Executive Director

Part of creating a more effective and efficient transportation network is to look for ways to coordinate with other providers. Greene CATS Public Transit service has long had agreements in place to do just that.  We connect our Flex Routes with the Greater Dayton RTA by having time points at Wright Stop Plaza, Eastown Shopping Center, and Wright State University; allowing riders to travel to and from destinations in both Greene and Montgomery County. We coordinate with the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center to provide rides for eligible Medicaid participants to non-emergency medical appointments in Greene County as well as surrounding counties and throughout southwest and central Ohio.  Both the Flex Routes and medical rides address one of the greatest needs expressed by riders in recent surveys and public meetings, service that crosses county lines. To address this cross county need more fully, Greene CATS we will begin allowing scheduled rides to and from any neighboring county in the near future. Yes, that means we will finally offer rides to Young’s and other Clark County destinations. The first leg of the trip must originate in Greene County except when a trip is a return only to Greene County from transportation hubs i.e. airport and  bus station; or medical facilities such as hospitals and care facilities. All out of county trip requests will be limited to availability and subject to out of county rates, currently $6 per one-way trip. Until our paths cross again, Ken Collier, Executive Director.
 

 

MOBILITY MATTERS

As a Mobility Manager, I create partnerships between a diverse range of community organizations (public, private, non-profit, for-profit, etc.) to ensure that transportation resources are coordinated  effectively. I use these partnerships to develop and enhance travel options for passengers in both Greene County and the Miami Valley region. I develop ways to effectively communicate these options to the public to inform customers’ decision-making, focusing on enhancing customer service. I strive to develop collaborative efforts to increase the transportation resources for the populations I serve as well. ~ Shannon Webster
(Reference: Judy Shanley, Ph.D., Co-director, National Center for Mobility Management, Regional Liaison to FTA Region 5)
 


COME MEET ME AT THESE
UPCOMING EVENT

  • AAA CarFit Event, St. Leonard's Assisted Living Facility, Centerville
    • June 6th, 10a,-2pm

Explore 2020 Census
 

Greene CATS will be serving in Greene County’s Complete Count Committee (CCC). CCCs serve as state and local “census ambassador” groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate county of the community in the 2020 Census. Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level. Counting everyone in the United States and Five U.S. territories is a massive undertaking. It constitutes the nation’s largest peacetime mobilization of its workforce. To help, the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the country to assist with the 2020 count.
www.2020census.gov/jobs
 

July 4, 2019
Independence Day

Greene CATS Demand Responsive Scheduled Rides and Flex Routes will not be in operation on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

In observance of Independence Day, the Scheduling Office will be closed July 4, 2019.

For more information contact Greene CATS scheduling office at 937.708.8322

 

Early Scheduling Deadlines

 
If You Would Like a Reservation For: You Must Reserve By 12:00pm:
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

 


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019



 
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