Community Collaboration is a core tenant of The Center for Transportation Excellence’s mission to create a standard of best practices for organizations in the health and human services transportation industry.
||“CTE has been a critical partner in the development and implementation of the Income TAXi project. It is safe to say that none of this would have been possible without the CTE. I give them my highest recommendation without reservation for quality service and true community involvement.”
Diane R. Bessel, Director of Income Investment and Initiatives
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Department of Labor Grant
Working in conjunction with the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, the Center for Transportation Excellence (CTE) played a vital role in procuring $10 million in grant funding, $2 million of which are earmarked for the Western New York area. Dividing the funds among the Buffalo, Denver, and Los Angeles areas, the grant provides for job training and educational programs for young adult ex-offenders and high school dropouts. This 2-year program is providing funding to three area non-profit organizations, each dedicated to the strengthening of the quality of life for the target population in high-risk areas. The CTE is proud to serve as the local employment trainer, providing the necessary tools to 446 program participants with the goal of entering the transportation and mobility management industry.
The John R. Oishei Grant
The John R. Oishei Foundation awarded a grant to CUBRC and CTE to research and create a plan to better integrate health and human services transportation with other key users of transportation in Erie County and work towards the development of a more comprehensive transportation system that serves a multitude of users. The grant also allows for the purchase of a driver training simulator for use by private and non-profit transporters and agencies, the development of a web portal which can be utilized by community organizations for coordination of route generation and service delivery, and the creation of a national best practice driver training curriculum.
The Coordinated Transportation Plan was completed in February 2009 and presented to CTE’s Advisory Board. The plan includes state case studies, best practices and economic benefits of transportation investments. Research indicated that Western New York faces many of the same transportation issues affecting communities across the country. While the plan looks to other regions for best practices, many of the recommendations were derived from discussions within the community.
United We Ride Framework for Action
As part of the coordinated transportation planning process, a work group was convened to help the community to set priorities for moving forward. This discussion was facilitated using the Framework for Action (FFA). The FFA is a tool for communities to assess strengths and weaknesses of local transportation coordination efforts. This guide was developed through United We Ride; a program created by eleven federal agencies and lead by the Federal Transit Administration. Over thirty individuals were invited to this local workshop representing health and human service agencies, medical facilities, transportation professionals, elected officials and city and county departments. Using the FFA assessment as a guide, the groups identified aspects of the transportation system that are working well and made priorities for areas that need improvement. These priorities were included in the coordinated transportation plan.