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					DRAFT PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION PLAN
FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2013 UPDATE TO FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2010—2013 PLAN
PREPARED BY
SOUTHEAST IOWA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
JANUARY 2012
RESOLUTION #XX-2012
INTRODUCED BY: SEIRPC
INTENT: Accept and receive 2013 Update to the FFY 2010 – FY2013 Passenger
Transportation Plan (PTP)


WHEREAS, The Passenger Transportation Plan is a regional passenger transportation
plan that facilitates transportation coordination and efficient use of public
transportation funding; and

WHEREAS, The Passenger Transportation Plan is a required plan by the Iowa
Department of Transportation Office of Public Transit to maintain eligible for public
transit funding and to justify applications for public transit funding; and

WHEREAS, The planning process of the Passenger Transportation Plan included a wide
array of regional representatives, including representatives human service agencies,
public transportation officials, elected officials, members of the general public and non-
profit representatives; and

WHEREAS, The Passenger Transportation Plan is an ongoing plan to be updated annually
by Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission staff; and

BE IT RESOLVED, The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors
accepts and receives the Region 16 Passenger Transportation Plan update on this 26th
Day of May, 2012.



______________________________
Brent Schleisman, Chairman




______________________________
Mike Norris, SEIRPC Executive Director
Table of Contents


1.0 Introduction

        1.1 Overview…………………………………………………………………..……………………… 1

2.0 Status of Previously Recommended Projects……………………………………………… 2

        2.1   Status of Projects to Meet Service Needs……………………………………………2
        2.2   Status of Projects to Meet Fleet Needs……………………………………………… 3
        2.3   Status of Projects to Meet Facility and Equipment Needs………………..… 4
        2.4   Status of Identified Priorities……………………………………………………………… 4

3.0 Recent Developments……….………………………………………………………….…….………6

        3.1   American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding…………………………… 6
        3.2   Iowa Passenger Transportation Funding Study……………………………….… 6
        3.3   Iowa Mobility Manager Funding………………………………………………………… 7
        3.4   Flooding – SEIBUS/SEIRPC Facility……………………………………………………… 7
        3.5   State of Good Repair Funding………………………………………………………….… 7
        3.6   Limited English Proficient Populations…………………………………………….… 7
        3.7   TRAC Update of Regional Needs and Priorities……………………………………8

4.0 Evaluation of Needs…………………………………………………………………………………… 11

        4.1   PTP Planning Process………………………………………………………………………… 11
        4.2   Public Input Update…………………………………………………………………………… 12
        4.3   Service Needs Update……………………………………………………………….……… 13
        4.4   Fleet Needs Update…………………………………………………………………………… 17
        4.5   Facility and Equipment Needs Update…………………………………………….… 18
        4.6   Management Needs Update……………………………………………………………… 19
        4.7   Priorities, Goals, and Objectives Update…………………………………………… 20

5.0 Recommended Projects……………………………………………………………………………… 24

        5.1 Recommended Fiscal Year 2013 Projects…………………………………………… 24
        5.2 Recommended Projects Fiscal Years 2014 - 2016.…..………………………… 25

Appendix A – TRAC Meeting Agendas and Notes




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Table of Figures


Section 2.0 Status of Previously Recommended Projects………………….……….……… 2

    Figure 2.1 Status of Projects to Meet Service Needs…………………………………………………………… 2
    Figure 2.2 Status of Projects to Meet Fleet Needs….…………………………………………………………… 3
    Figure 2.3 Status of Projects to Meet Facility and Equipment Needs…………………………………… 4

Section 4.0 Evaluation of Needs……………………………………………….……………….……… 11

    Figure 4.1 BUS and SEIBUS Vehicles Eligible for Replacement……………………………………………… 17
    Figure 4.2 BUS and SEIBUS New Freedom Vehicle Expansion…………………………………….………… 17

Section 5.0 Recommended Projects.…………………………………………………….…………… 24

    Figure 5.1 Fiscal Year 2013 Recommended Projects to Meet Service Needs…….………………….… 24
    Figure 5.2 Fiscal Year 2013 Recommended Projects to Meet Fleet Needs…….…...……………….… 24
    Figure 5.3 Fiscal Year 2013 Recommended Projects to Meet Facility
                  and Equipment Needs……………………………………………………………………………….……… 25
    Figure 5.4 Recommended Projects FFY 2014 - 2016…….…...…….…………………………………………… 26




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List of Acronyms


ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
AMOCO - American Oil Company
BUS - Burlington Urban Service
CMAQ - .Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program
CPC - Central Point of Coordination
DHS - Department of Human Services
DOT – Department of Transportation
DNR - Department of Natural Resources
FHWA - Federal Highway Administration
FTA - Federal Transit Administration
FY - Fiscal Year
ICAAP - Iowa’s Clean Air Attainment Program
IDOT - Iowa Department of Transportation
JARC - Job Access Reverse Commute
MAP - Mobility Action Plan
NCST - National Center for Senior Transportation
OPT - Office of Public Transit
PTDP - Passenger Transportation Development Plan
PTMS – Passenger Transit Equipment and Facilities Management System
RPA - Regional Planning Affiliation
RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
RTAP - Rural Transit Assistance Program
SAFETEA-LU - Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy
              for Users
SEIBUS - Southeast Iowa Bus
SEIRPC - Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission
SIRAA - Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Authority
STA - State Transit Assistance
STP - Surface Transportation Program
TIP - Transportation Improvement Program
TRAC - Transit Advisory Committee


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S ECTION 1 . 0 I NTRODUCTION
Section 1.0 - Introduction


1.1       Overview

The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) serves as Southeast Iowa’s
transportation planning body and is the organization responsible for the creation of the
Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP). The PTP is a required document by Iowa Department of
Transportation’s (IDOT) Office of Public Transit (OPT), and is in efforts to meet the requirements
of the federal transportation authorizing legislation, SAFETEA-LU, to follow a coordinated
planning process with human services agencies and transportation providers.

The purpose of the Region 16 PTP is to improve passenger transit services in the Southeast
Iowa Region and provide justification for transit projects in the Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP). Ultimately, the outcomes of the PTP are to:

         Provide a better understanding of passenger transportation services in Region 16;
         Facilitate coordinated transportation services within the region;
         Provide options to address service gaps, fleet needs, and facility needs; and
         Assist in creating a better passenger transportation system in Region 16

This document serves as the Fiscal Year 2013 update to the Fiscal Year 2010 – 2013 Passenger
Transportation Development Plan. The FY 2013 update will include:

       An update on the planning process undertaken since the FY 2010 – 2013 PTP’s
        completion including new public input received on general service needs, immediate
        service needs, and regional passenger transportation priorities and goals
       An update on the status of projects recommended in the FY2010 – 2013 PTP
       A list of recent developments that might affect the list of transportation needs identified
        in the FY 2010 – 2013 PTP; and
       An updated list of recommended projects applying for state and federal funding
        included in the FY2010 – 2013 PTP.




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S E C T I O N 2 . 0 S TAT U S O F P R E V I O U S LY
                     R ECOMMENDED P ROJECTS
           Section 2.0 - Status of Previously Recommended Projects

           The following section provides a status of projects recommended in the FY2012 PTP update
           including transit service projects, fleet projects, facility projects, management projects, and
           equipment projects. These projects are those that are eligible for state or federal funding
           including State Transit Assistance, FTA Section 5311, FTA Section 5309, FTA Section 5316, and
           FTA Section 5317.

           2.1      Status of Projects to Meet Service Needs
                    Figure 2.1 below provides a status of FY2012 projects to meet service needs.
Figure 2.1 Status of Projects to Meet Service Needs
   Agency               Project Description             Funded                                      Impact
                                                                      Allows SEIBUS to operate public transit in Southeast Iowa
             General Operations, Administration,      Yes - STA and   including specific services with The Kensington, Hope Haven,
  SEIBUS
             and Maintenance                              5311        INPROPCO, Lexington Square, Tyson, Great River Medical
                                                                      Center and Midwest Old Threshers
                                                                      Allows SEIRPC to complete PTP, assist TRAC, complete surveys,
  SEIRPC     RPA Planning                              Yes - 5311
                                                                      and submit Transit Grant Applications.
             General Operations, Administration,       Yes - STA,     Allows BUS to operate public transit in Burlington.
    BUS
             and Maintenance                          5311, LOCAL

                    SEIBUS utilized their STA and FTA 5311 funding to subsidize public transit operations,
                    administration, and maintenance in Burlington. SEIBUS used a portion of their STA funds
                    and FTA 5311 by providing a subsidy to agencies in Region 16 that provided public
                    transportation services on behalf of SEIBUS. These agencies include The Kensington,
                    Hope Haven, INPROPCO, Lexington Square, Midwest Old Threshers, Keokuk Health
                    Systems, Henry County Health Systems, and the Great River Medical Center.

                    SEIRPC used FTA 5311 planning funds to provide transit planning services both
                    externally and internally. Externally the funding allowed SEIRPC to complete the PTP,
                    work with area agencies to improve transit service delivery, and to assist staffing for the
                    regional Transit Advisory Committee.

                    Internally 5311 funding allows for staff time to plan for Region 16 transit services
                    including capital, financial, route and new service planning. Transit portions of the
                    Transportation Improvement Program are completed and updated with this funding as
                    well. SEIRPC also assisted BUS in their funding needs related to federal and state
                    sources.

                    BUS utilized their STA and FTA 5311 funding to subsidize public transit operations,
                    administration, and maintenance in Burlington. BUS also utilizes a transit levy to
                    subsidize public transit operations, administration, and maintenance in Burlington.




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          Section 2.0 - Status of Previously Recommended Projects


          2.2       Status of Projects to Meet Fleet Needs
                    Figure 2.2 below provides the status of FY2012 proposed projects to meet fleet needs.

Figure 2.2 Status of Projects to Meet Fleet
 Agency               Project Description               Funded                                   Impact

            Replace buses #974 and #962 with
 SEIBUS                                                   No                    Funding for this project was not received.
            176" WB LD Diesel Buses

                                                                     Funding for replacement of #013 has been received. A
             Replace van #013 with a conversion                      contract is in the works and the van should be purchased
 SEIBUS                                                Yes – 5309
                            van                                      sometime in calendar year 2012.
                                                                     STP funding has been received and SEIBUS is in the process of
 SEIBUS     2 New 176” WB with Diesel LD Bus           Yes - STP     accessing the funding. The buses should be purchased
                                                                     sometime in calendar year 2012.
            Replace bus #723 with 176” LD Diesel
  BUS                                                     No                    Funding for this project was not received.
            Bus w/surveillance and UFRC
            Great River Medical Center Service
  BUS                                                     No                    Funding for this project was not received.
            Expansion Vehicle – Conversion Van

           Through 5309 and STP funding, SEIBUS will be able to replace one conversion van and
           purchase two new 176” diesel light duty buses. These new vehicles will be utilized for existing
           services and allow older buses to be used for backups, providing better service for SEIBUS
           customers.

          2.3       Status of Projects to Meet Management, Facility, and Equipment Needs
                    Figure 2.3 below provides the status of FY2012 proposed projects to meet facility and
                    equipment needs.

        Figure 2.3 Status of Projects to Meet Facility and Equipment Needs
           Agency           Project Description                    Funded                                Impact
                                                                                         Not Implemented. Concerns about ongoing
           SEIRPC      Mobility Manager                              No
                                                                                                         funding
                       ITS Scheduling/Maintenance
           SEIBUS                                                    No                               Not Implemented.
                       Software
                                                                                           Received partial funding to cover costs of
                                                                                          relocating and renovating new office space.
                                                                                          SEIBUS has moved into this new facility. In
                       Transit Facility - Design and         Yes - Public Transit
           SEIBUS                                                                           addition, funding was available for initial
                       Construction                         Infrastructure Grant
                                                                                         engineering and design of a transit facility on
                                                                                           same site as new office space. Will not be
                                                                                             used due to unsure location of facility.

                    SEIBUS received a PTIG grant to help cover the costs of relocating their transit offices to
                    a new location. SEIBUS and SEIRPC have moved to this new office building in West
                    Burlington in November of 2010. These funds helped cover costs of purchasing,
                    renovating, and outfitting the facility for SEIBUS office needs. Additional funding was
                    available for design of a transit facility on this site, but concerns about exact location
                    and local matching funds will keep the design of the facility from moving forward.

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2.4     Status of Identified Priorities
        Through the PTP Planning Process, the Transit Advisory Committee identified 4 priorities
        to improve passenger transportation in Southeast Iowa. The four priorities include:

             Priority #1 – Increase Public Awareness of Transportation Services in Southeast
              Iowa
             Priority #2- Create a Regional Dispatch/Information Center
             Priority #3 – Identify opportunities to provide additional service for assisted
              transportation, medical transportation, and employee transportation
             Priority #4 – Determining a need for and creating a volunteer transportation
              system.

        A subcommittee was formed to focus on each of these priorities. After initial meetings,
        it was determined that additional information was needed on all of the services
        available in the region to better determine how to move forward. A survey is currently
        being completed to better identify all services available in Southeast Iowa.




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S ECTION 3 . 0 R ECENT D EVELOPMENTS
Section 3.0 - Recent Developments

The following section provides information on developments since the adoption of the FY2010
– 2013 PTP that could have impact on transportation needs and priorities in FY 2013 and
beyond.

3.1     Iowa Passenger Transportation Funding Study
The Iowa General Assembly requested the Iowa DOT to conduct a study to review the
sufficiency of current revenues to meet future passenger transportation needs, to identify
passenger transportation improvements needed to meet state energy independence goals, and
to assess the ability of passenger transportation to meet the mobility needs of Iowa’s growing
senior population. The study examined funding and service needs for baseline service demand
(i.e., demand of transit-depended populations such as seniors) and for choice service demand
(i.e., people who have other transportation options but would use passenger transportation for
energy efficiency and environmental reasons).

The study found the need for an additional 13.8 million trips per year to meet baseline demand,
at an estimated cost of $125 million per year. The study also concluded an additional 24.3
million trips per year are needed to meet choice-rider demand, at an estimated cost of $350
million per year. Additional recommendations that could affect transit operations in Southeast
Iowa include:
     Reduce fixed-route frequency to 30 minutes for baseline demand and 15 minutes for
        choice demand;
     Increase regional public transit agency trips by 90 percent annually to address both
        baseline and choice demand;
     Extend weekday fixed-route service to 11:00 PM in large urban areas to address
        baseline demand and in both large and small urban areas to address choice demand;
     Lower the average fleet age from six to four years; Increase public transportation and
        human service agency coordination; and,
     For choice demand, provide disincentives to driving automobiles, such as increased
        parking rates in targeted areas, reduced parking supply in targeted areas, and deferred
        roadway improvements in favor of transit capacity improvements in congested areas.

The Iowa Passenger Transportation Funding Study also examined potential demand on
numerous intercity corridors, one of which is located in Southeast Iowa. The intercity corridor
that was identified was between Burlington and Fort Madison with an estimated 11,000 daily
public transportation trips.

3.2     Iowa Mobility Manager Funding
In 2009, the Iowa DOT announced it would set aside $300,000 in unused New Freedom funds
for public transit agencies, or subcontracting agencies, to hire mobility managers. The mobility
manager funding is available for up to two years, with a 20 percent local match the first year
and a 50 percent local match the second year. Hiring a mobility manager has been discussed by
the TRAC as a possibility of providing additional staff resources to help public transportation
providers, human service agencies, and transportation users identify service needs and to
coordinate transportation service to meet those needs.



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Section 3.0 - Recent Developments

3.3       2008 Flooding – SEIBUS/SEIRPC New Facility
SEIRPC and SEIBUS staff had to temporarily relocate their offices in the summer of 2008 due to
major flooding of the Mississippi River. Since this time, SEIRPC and SEIBUS have been in the
process of identifying options for new office space. A building has been identified and
purchased. SEIRPC and SEIBUS staff moved into the new facility in November 2010. With the
purchase of this facility, SEIRPC and SEIBUS have also bought land adjacent to the office
building with the future intention of building a new transit facility.

3.4       State of Good Repair Funding
In May of 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) announced the availability of funding for projects using Section 5309 Bus and Bus
Facilities program funds in support of the State of Good Repair (SGR) Initiative. The SGR
Initiative made funds available to public transit providers to finance capital projects to replace,
rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities,
including programs of bus and bus-related projects for assistance to sub recipients that are
public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit
organizations. The State of Iowa submitted an application on behalf of the urban and regional
transit agencies in Iowa, which will be utilized by BUS and SEIBUS. The state received 9.2
million dollars for the following projects:

         $5 million for Statewide Bus Replacement Program – Iowa DOT
         $2 million for Ames/Cyride Bus Replacement
         $1.2 million (approx.) for Dubuque Buses
         $1 million “and change” for Cedar Rapids Downtown Transportation Facility

3.5       TRAC Update of Regional Needs and Priorities
The TRAC meets to review the existing regional needs and priorities that were identified in the
FY2010 – 2013 PTP. Section 4.0 Evaluation provides an update of what was discussed at this
meeting. Furthermore, Section 4.0 provides a description of:
         The public process that has been followed to identify needs and priorities;
         A list of updated general and immediate service needs;
         A list of updated fleet, facility, equipment, and managerial needs; and
         A list of updated regional priorities.

3.6       SEIBUS Services in Lee County
In 2011, SEIBUS bid on CPC services in Lee County which has had service provided by 10-15
Transit. Through this process Lee County decided to work with SEIBUS to provide services.
There were some documents in place between the county and 10-15 Transit that caused a legal
battle and has held up SEIBUS in transitioning to providing service in Lee County. At this point,
it is uncertain of the potential outcome of the situation, but this will have a significant impact
on future services for SEIBUS.




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3.7      Ending of Tyson Foods JARC Route
In 2011, SEIBUS ended their routes from Burlington to Tyson Foods Manufacturing plant in
Columbus Junction. This route has provided SEIBUS a large number of rides over the past few
years and will create a challenge for SEIBUS to make up these rides through other routes or
new routes that come about.

3.8      STP Funding for SEIBUS
SEIBUS will be receiving regional STP funding for the replacement of two light duty buses in FFY
2012. This is significant in that this is the first time a transit agency has received STP funding for
a bus in RPA 16 and it provides SEIBUS with an opportunity to improve the quality and age of its
fleet. This may offer additional opportunities in the future for transit agencies to purchase
buses through the STP program to fill replacement or expansion needs as desired.

3.9      Limited English Proficient Analysis
The purpose of this Limited English Proficiency analysis (LEP) is to outline how Southeast Iowa
transit systems identify persons who may need language assistance, the ways in which
assistance may be provided, staff training that may be required, and how to notify LEP persons
that assistance is available. As defined in Executive Order 13166, LEP persons are those who do
not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write, or
understand English. This LEP analysis will utilize the framework of the U.S. DOT’s four‐factor LEP
analysis as described on the following pages.

      1. The number or proportion of LEP persons in the region who may be served or are
         likely to encounter a public transportation program, activity, or service.
         The 2005‐2009 American Community Survey estimates were utilized to determine what
         percentage of the area’s population could be considered LEP. For the purposes of this
         analysis, persons who speak another language and speak English less than “very well”
         are considered to be LEP. The following table shows the number and percentage of
         people for each county that speak another language and do not speak English well.
Figure 3.1 Region 16 Population Speaking English
                                           Des Moines       Henry       Lee        Louisa     Region
                                              County        County     County      County      Total
 Total Population                              40,700       20,078     35,772      11,657     108,207
 Speak English Only                            36,315       17,564     32,633       9,211     95,723
 Speak Another Language, but speak
                                                951           408        647         668       2,674
 English “very well”
 Speak Another Language, but speak
                                                531           799        318         986       2,634
 English less than “very well”
 % Speak Another Language, but speak
                                                1.3%         4.0%        .88%       8.5%       3.67%
 English less than “very well”

         The chart below shows languages other than English spoken in the region as well as the
         number of people for each language that speak English very well, and less than very
         well.



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        Figure 3.2 Region 16 Languages Spoken other than English




        As shown on the table and chart on the previous page, the number of LEP persons in the
        region is relatively low. Spanish is the most likely languages to be spoken by LEP persons
        in the Southeast Iowa region. The table on the previous page shows the concentrations
        of languages other than English by county, which shows Louisa County having a
        significant percentage of the population that is considered LEP. Henry County also
        shows a larger percentage of LEP persons than the region as a whole, and Spanish is the
        predominant language among those persons.

    2. The frequency with which LEP persons come in contact with public transportation
       programs, activities, or services.
       BUS and SEIBUS have assessed the frequency with which staff and drivers have, or could
       have, contact with LEP persons. This includes documenting phone inquiries and
       surveying vehicle operators. Staff and vehicle operators have had very little contact with
       LEP persons. To date, BUS has never have had a request for interpreters or for
       translated document in the service area. SEIBUS has provided some rides to non-English
       speaking clients in the Mount Pleasant Area. These clients have utilized a translator to
       schedule rides through SEIBUS.

    3. The nature and importance of programs, activities, or services provided by public
       transportation providers to the LEP population.
       The overwhelming majority of the population (96%) speaks only English or speak
       another language but speak English “very well”. As a result, there are a limited number
       of social, service, professional, and leadership organizations within the BUS and SEIBUS
       service areas that focus on outreach to LEP individuals.

        SEIBUS provides rides to some non-English speaking clients in the Mount Pleasant area
        who utilize a translator to help the schedule rides for them. BUS and SEIBUS also
        advertise the use of 711 Relay Iowa to help hearing impaired, speech impaired, and
        Spanish speaking individuals in scheduling rides. According to the www.relayiowa.com,
        they offer a Spanish to English translation service. AT this time, these services meet the
        known needs of the LEP population. With this said, more work needs to be done to
        identify additional needs for LEP populations in Southeast Iowa.


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    4. The resources available to public transportation providers and overall costs to provide
       LEP assistance.
       BUS and SEIBUS have evaluated their current level of service provided for LEP assistance
       and the current resources allocated to providing these services. In doing this evaluation,
       BUS and SEIBUS determined that additional work needs to be done in determining what
       the exact needs are of LEP population and how to meet those needs. This could include
       the cost of translating existing printed materials for LEP persons, the cost of hiring a
       professional interpreter, utilizing translation services on an as‐needed basis, additional
       staff training, and taking an inventory of available organizations that BUS and SEIBUS
       could partner with for outreach and translation efforts. The following list of steps
       provides a process to better determine the needs of the LEP population and how to
       allocate resources to meet these needs.

            1.   Identifying LEP Persons
            2.   Identify the transit/scheduling needs of the LEP Population
            3.   Create plan to meet needs including resources to pay for proposed changes
            4.   Implement Plan
            5.   Monitor Effectiveness of changes and adapt as needed




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S E C T I O N 4 . 0 E VA L U AT I O N   OF   NEEDS
Section 4.0 - Evaluation of Needs


4.1       PTP Planning Process
The PTP Planning Process initially began in May 2006 with the Mobility Action Plan (MAP)
Meeting. Following this initial meeting in May 2006, four follow-up MAP meetings were held
with the Transit Advisory Committee (TRAC) to guide the development of the PTP. The
development of the PTP was a natural segue from the MAP meetings. Many pieces of
information and ideas from the MAP meetings were analyzed for coordination opportunities in
the initial PTP. All participants from MAP meetings were and will continue to be afforded the
opportunity to comment and add to the draft PTP.

The TRAC was initially created as a forum to discuss transit related issues in Southeast Iowa.
After the signing of SAFETEA-LU, the TRAC has become the body within the SEIRPC responsible
for developing the PTP.

The following is a list of agencies that are represented on the Transit Advisory Committee:

         Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission;
         Southeast Iowa Bus;
         Burlington Urban Service;
         Des Moines County;
         Henry County;
         Louisa County;
         Fort Madison United Way;
         Keokuk United Way;
         Southeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging;
         Iowa Workforce Development;
         City of Fort Madison;
         City of Keokuk;
         Hope Haven;
         Des Moines County RSVP; and
         Henry County RSVP.

The main task performed by the Transit Advisory Committee is identifying passenger
transportation needs, identifying projects to address these needs in the transportation system,
and working to implement projects/improve coordination amongst different agencies.

The TRAC typically meets every 3 months to discuss the PTP and a variety of transit related
issues. The TRAC monitors the progress of the PTP throughout the year, offers general
guidance, and recommends the final version of the PTP to the SEIRPC Board of Directors for
approval. Below is a list of dates of upcoming 2012 TRAC meetings: March 21st, 2012; June
20th, 2012; September 19th, 2012; and December 19th, 2012. Agendas and meeting notes from
2011 meetings can be seen in Appendix A.




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Section 4.0 - Evaluation of Needs


4.2       Public Input Update
Below are descriptions of the different ways public input was used to evaluate the needs for
transportation services in Southeast Iowa.

         Surveys
          In 2008, two online surveys were completed to get a better understanding of what
          services are currently being provided and what service needs different agencies have.
          The first survey was sent to major regional employers within Southeast Iowa. The
          purpose of this survey was to determine if any employers were currently providing
          transportation to workers, if there was a need for transportation for workers, and if
          they were interested in offering transportation for their workers. This survey received
          66 responses. Many of these responses will require follow up to see if there is a specific
          service that can be provided to their agency.

          The second survey was a follow up to surveys completed in 2006 and 2007 of private or
          small non-profit agencies in Region 16 that were likely to use transportation services or
          provide transportation services. The purpose of this survey was to learn about service
          needs, services provided or used, trip types, facility needs, vehicle needs, and if the
          agency is interested in coordination opportunities. This survey received 28 responses.
          SEIRPC and SEIBUS will use these survey results to determine future transportation
          services and opportunities for coordination.

         Individual Meetings
          Since the MAP Workshops in May of 2006, SEIRPC and SEIBUS have been scheduling
          individual meetings with public transportation providers, private and non-profit
          transportation providers, and local employers to identify transportation needs. The
          MAP workshops and surveys have provided general service needs, but through
          individual meetings, SEIRPC and SEIBUS have been able to identify more specific service
          needs and potential opportunities for coordination.

         Passenger Transportation Provider Fact Sheet
          Public transportation providers in Southeast Iowa were required to fill out a passenger
          transportation provider fact sheet. This sheet provides information about each of the
          agencies including operation data, capital needs, fleet utilization, and fleet replacement
          schedule. Copies of the completed transportation provider fact sheets are provided in
          Appendix A.

         Transit Advisory Committee (TRAC) Meetings
          The TRAC typically meets every 3 months to discuss the PTP and a variety of transit
          related issues. The TRAC monitors the progress of the PTP throughout the year, offers
          general guidance, and recommends the final version of the PTP to the SEIRPC Board of
          Directors for approval. The main tasks performed by the Transit Advisory Committee
          are to identify passenger transportation needs, identify projects to address theses
          needs, prioritize projects, and work to implement priority projects/improve
          coordination amongst different agencies. Subcommittees are being formed to focus on
          implementing priorities identified within this plan.


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4.3     Service Needs Update
General Service Needs
Since the MAP workshops in 2006, the TRAC has continued to meet quarterly to discuss
transportation service needs in Southeast Iowa. In the fall of 2008, an online survey was
administered to determine the most common needs for transportation service in Southeast
Iowa. Survey results did not include discussion of continuing existing service needs, as this has
been determined by the TRAC to be the most basic and important service need in Southeast
Iowa. In December of 2010, the TRAC reviewed this list of needs to determine if any updates
were needed. The results of this survey and TRAC review show the follow as the greatest needs
in Southeast Iowa:

           Expanded days of service;
           Extended hours of operation;
           Schedule issues, layovers and long times on bus;
           Additional trip purposes;
           Barriers to access services;
           Assisted transportation;
           Lower fares for services;
           Obtaining new and replacing vehicles to provide services effectively;
           Central dispatch and transportation service information center;
           Job Access Reverse Commute and providing transportation for people to get to
            work;
           Expanded Medical service;
           Expanded Assisted Transportation Service; and
           Disaster Recovery Service (This was identified at the December 2009 TRAC meeting
            and has been requested to be added due to SEIBUS providing Disaster Recovery
            Transit service from 2008 floods).

As a follow up to the online survey, a meeting was held on December 11th, 2008 to present the
findings of the online survey and to identify the highest priority service needs in Southeast
Iowa. The highest priority needs are those that are most pressing and/or have the ability to be
met in the short term time frame. After a long discussion three items were determined to be
the highest priorities to focus on to improve transportation services and coordination in
Southeast Iowa. Each year, the TRAC reviews these priorities to determine if these are still the
greatest needs in the region and if there are any additional needs that need to be included as
high priorities. In December 2010, the TRAC added a fourth priority to the list. Below are the
four highest priorities the TRAC will focus on:

           Increase the Public Awareness of Transportation Services in Southeast Iowa;
           Create a Regional Central Dispatch or Information Center; and
           Identify opportunities to provide additional service for Assisted Transportation,
            Medical Transportation, and Employee Transportation.
           Determining a need for and creating a volunteer transportation system.

Additional information on strategies to implement these priorities is provided in Section 4.7


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Immediate Service Needs
The following section provides a list of immediate service needs as identified by the TRAC at
their December 2010 meeting. These are projects that are ready to be implemented and have
been recommended to be submitted for state or federal transit funding.

Great River Medical Center after hours Disabled Service
Great River Medical has had issues with providing quality affordable transportation for persons
with disabilities after the two public transit systems are done operating for the day. Great River
Medical Center is looking for an ADA accessible vehicle that would be available 24 hours a day 7
days a week that would allow them to provide services when the public transit systems are not
in operation.

One alternative that has been suggested is to provide a local taxi company with access to a
handicap accessible vehicle that would allow them to be able to provide this service. This
would eliminate the need for the hospital to provide a phone service to schedule after hour
rides as well as the cost for an on call driver. New Freedoms grant funding would be applied for
by Burlington Urban Service, which would allow the purchase of a handicap accessible mini van
with a low floor ramp at a cost of 83% It is anticipated that this vehicle would then be leased
out to one of the local taxi companies on a competitive contract. The taxi-cab company could
use this vehicle for regular service and would be available when the need arose not only for the
hospital but also for any persons that may need handicap accessible vehicle at any time.

Great River Medical Center anticipate the rides would total between 500 and 1,000 annually
since, but could generate up to 1,000 to 5,000 annually due to the service being open to the
public.

Burlington JARC Services
Currently Burlington Urban Service provides limited service to those trying to get to work in the
early hours of the day. BUS provides service with one vehicle that picks up passengers on a
reservation basis between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. with no service on Saturday.
Service currently is provided to approximately 12 persons daily to such work places as Antenna
craft, Winegard, Burger King, Shottenkirk, GRMC and Vista bakery.

There is a potential that the number of rides provided each day could continue to grow and
could expand to additional businesses based on a survey sent out by SEIRPC in 2008. If the
service continues to grow, a more coordinated effort between local businesses and BUS will be
needed to provide efficient services. This may result in the need to apply for JARC funds or STA
coordination funding to provide improved service to these passengers and businesses.




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Lexington Square Expanded Disabled Service
Lexington Square Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center is a 126 bed, dually certified skilled and
intermediate care nursing facility located in Keokuk, IA. Lexington Square has a diverse resident
population with residents ranging in age from 24 to 104 years old. Many of these residents
have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and/or mental retardation as well as physical limitations
and disabilities. The average daily census is 112 residents with an average length of stay of 94
days. Lexington Square currently employs 1 full time appointment scheduler and 2 full time
transport staff.

A study has been completed on resident transportation and appointments for six months in
2009. The study showed that during the six months of March to August, 2009, 972 residents
were taken to 505 appointments with 12,949 total miles driven. These numbers break down to:

       Transporting of 8 residents daily, Monday through Friday,
       Residents traveling to 5 appointments; and
       Facility staff driving approximately 108 miles.

The health care businesses that Lexington Square is involved with are growing significantly.
Iowa Skilled and Home-Based Services has been formed as the “parent company” to provide
corporate oversight for two new businesses – Iowa Home and Waiver Services and a third
business still in the development stage. In addition, Dave’s Place will be a 57 bed intermediate
care facility specializing in the care of persons with mental illness when completed in the
summer 2010.

Lexington Square will be the center point for scheduling and arranging transportation for
residents from all the above mentioned entities to and from appointments. It is expected that
with the anticipated growth, Lexington Square will provide at least twice as many trips as was
made available in 2009. This growth comes with a need for a new vehicle that can meet needs
and demand of the clients. Lexington Square currently has two leased vehicles

       A 2005 Toyota Camry that can only be used to transport ambulatory, agile residents as
        this car sits low to the ground and is difficult to enter and exit; and
       A 2006 12 passenger light duty bus from SEIBUS that is used for the majority of
        transports. This vehicle has capacity for ten residents and two wheelchairs.

Based on existing vehicles, Lexington Square is in need of a handicapped-accessible van that has
capacity for one or two wheelchairs to transport residents to and from appointments.




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Hope Haven Supported Employment Expanded Disabled Services
Hope Haven is a private non-profit organization with offices located in West Burlington, Iowa
that provides vocational, residential, community employment and living services for mentally
and physically challenged persons in Southeast Iowa. Their mission is to assist persons with
disabilities to live a life of opportunity and well being.

Hope Haven currently operates a Supported Employment Project for residents at their facilities.
Current Hope Haven vehicles are old and insufficient to meet the needs of people who seek
Supported Employment services from the agency. In fact, Hope Haven staff often use their own
vehicles to transport small groups of clients to work sites. Up to four clients and one staff
member frequently travel to a work site together. Individuals with mobility challenges find it
difficult to get in and out of a personal car. Also, some clients must take equipment to their
worksites, which is difficult when using a personal car. A new vehicle would assist to provide
better service and expand work sites.

The addition of a new vehicle to the agency will allow Hope Haven to add new employment
sites, even those at a greater distance from the agency—opening up new opportunities for
clients. Agency estimates suggest that with the addition of one new minivan, work sites could
be increased from 8 to 12, and an additional four individuals could be placed in productive
employment, and their dream of working in the community could be realized.

To address the transportation needs of people with disabilities who seek to work, Hope Haven
needs funds for the purchase of a minivan. As available, this minivan may also be used to
provide transportation to medical and dental appointments during regular workday hours. No
fares will be charged to individuals receiving transportation assistance. An estimated 26 clients
will benefit from the addition of this minivan to Hope Haven.

Louisa County Hope Haven Disabled Transportation Services
Hope Haven is a private non-profit organization with offices located in West Burlington, Iowa
that provides vocational, residential, community employment and living services for mentally
and physically challenged persons in Southeast Iowa. Their mission is to assist persons with
disabilities to live a life of opportunity and well being.

Hope Haven has a need for providing service for disabled clients in Louisa County to a new Pre
Vocations Workshop in Wapello. The service is needed for 6 people, Monday through Friday
with passengers arriving in Wapello at 9 AM and returning home at 3 PM. SEIBUS currently
transports clients from rural Louisa County to the new Pre Vocational Workshop in Wapello.
While SEIBUS currently provides service, they are not able to meet the needs of the clients due
to scheduling conflicts. For this reason, additional vehicles or expanded hours of operation are
needed to meet this service need. This is especially true as it is anticipated that this service will
eventually grow to 12 to 18 clients and may even expand into Muscatine and Des Moines
Counties.




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4.4     Fleet Needs Update
Public transit provider’s main fleet needs are replacing existing rolling stock to update aging
fleets. BUS and SEIBUS also have a need to expand its fleet with the increase in services being
provided each year and with aging fleets. SEIBUS and BUS both follow the Public Transit
Equipment and Facilities Management System (PTMS), which uses the age and mileage of
vehicles to provide a timeframe for when vehicles should be replaced. Based on the
replacement criteria outlined in the PTMS policies, Figure 4.1 provides a summary of vehicles
SEIBUS and BUS hope to replace between FFY2012 and FFY2015.

           Figure 4.1 BUS and SEIBUS Vehicles eligible for replacement
                                                                               Approximate
            Agency          Bus #           Vehicle Type
                                                                             Replacement Cost
              BUS            721             Medium Duty                     $          164,000
              BUS            722             Medium Duty                     $          164,000
              BUS            723               Light Duty                    $           97,000
             SEIBUS          051               Light Duty                    $           86,000
             SEIBUS          052               Light Duty                    $           86,000
             SEIBUS         974D               Light Duty                    $           86,000
             SEIBUS          962               Light Duty                    $           86,000
             SEIBUS         031D         Non-Standard ADA Van                $           31,000
             SEIBUS          032         Non-Standard ADA Van                $           31,000
                                            Total Replacement Cost       $            831,000
                                         Approximate Federal Share       $            689,730
                                           Approximate Local Share       $            141,270


Figure 4.2 provides a summary of vehicles SEIBUS and BUS plan to apply for New Freedoms
funding for expansion of services. These vehicles will be used for the immediate services needs
listed on the previous pages for the Great River Medical Center.

                Figure 4.2 BUS and SEIBUS New Freedom Vehicle Expansion
                                                                Approximate Purchase
                 Agency                Vehicle Type
                                                                        Cost
                      BUS              Conversion Van            $                44,000
                                       Total Replacement Cost    $                44,000
                                    Approximate Federal Share    $                36,520
                                      Approximate Local Share    $                 7,480




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4.5     Facility and Equipment Needs Update
Based on 2009 survey results, two private or non-profit transportation providers have identified
facility needs. The local Head Start/Community Action mentioned in the survey that they have a
need for a parking site for all of their buses. A follow up will be made to determine if there is
still a need for parking space and if there is any opportunity for coordination with other transit
operations in the area.

Burlington Trailways also mentioned the need for increased space for storing their buses in
their survey response. Since the completion of the survey, Burlington Trailways has completed
the expansion of their current facility to allow for additional parking, storage, and maintenance
space.

For public transportation providers, SEIBUS has a need for a new facility that provides indoor
storage, maintenance facilities, and a place to wash buses. A Facility Feasibility Study
completed in March 2009 for SEIBUS describes the need for a facility and the amount of space
needed for a new facility. Since this study was completed, SEIBUS and SEIRPC have moved into
a new building to house office space for each agency. The purchase of this new building
includes office space for SEIBUS employees, a driver training area, a break room, and an
additional 20 acres for a future transit facility for vehicle storage, maintenance, and washing.

SEIBUS is in the process of using a Public Transportation Infrastructure Grant to develop design
and engineering for the future transit facility. In addition to this, SEIBUS has a bus storage
facility in the City of Mount Pleasant. This facility has a need of a new electric garage door and
electrical hookups to plug buses in.

Through a recent ITS Feasibility Study, SEIBUS has also identified some potential equipment
upgrades that will improve the operations of the transit system. Some of the items identified in
the study that are of immediate need to SEIBUS include upgrades in computer equipment,
software, and GPS tracking to improve efficiency and lower costs for scheduling rides, tracking
maintenance, compiling statistics, etc. Specifically, SEIBUS needs to purchasing an additional
monitor for the schedule dispatcher, purchasing new scheduling, and new maintenance
software. All of this combined will create a much more efficient process for scheduling rides,
routing buses, tracking timesheets, gathering statistics, and tracking maintenance.

BUS has also identified facility needs. Currently BUS utilizes an old train depot as its main
transit hub in downtown Burlington. This facility is deteriorating and in need of rehabilitation.
The city has discussed reuse of the building in the past, but nothing has been completed at this
time. BUS wants to make sure any reuse of the facility includes plans to improve the facility as
a transit hub. In addition, BUS plans to work with Burlington Trailways for an additional transit
hub. This would help to minimize route times while also linking the local BUS services with intra
state services provided by Trailways.




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4.6       Management Needs Update
There was discussion amongst the TRAC at their December 2009 meeting about the possibility
of hiring a regional Mobility Manager. The purpose of this position would be to work with the
TRAC improve overall mobility, with improvements for elderly or low-income persons, and
persons with disabilities; and provide the opportunity to interact with experienced
professionals in a variety of fields. Specific duties and responsibilities of a Mobility Manager
may include:

         Develop a coordination program for human service transportation by collaborating with
          community organizations that provide such services
         Research needs and demands for users, identify funding alternatives, review regulatory
          processes, facilitate communications between agencies, and develop incentives to
          encourage agency participation as needed.
         Strengthen the network of human service providers while supporting the identity of
          each provider in order to provided increased mobility in the region.
         Develop common and accurate reporting systems as needed.
         Research system for shared use vehicles; investigate a system of share resources,
          including vehicle maintenance, sharing of backup vehicles and cost saving fuel options.
         Develop educational programs such as rider training materials, travel trainer program
          and community forums.
         Establish provision of alternate services, such as volunteer drivers, carpooling,
          vanpooling and mobility training in order to meet the diverse human service
          transportation needs.
         Research and test potential ITS applications.
         Maintain communication with appropriate local, state, and federal agencies, as well as
          private interests.
         Prepare and/or assist with funding proposals and program administration for programs
          to generate additional resources.
         Assist in the Passenger Transportation Development Plan (PTDP) and subsequent
          updates.
         Make presentations and provide staff support to a variety of groups, organizations,
          boards, and committees.

There has been no formal discussion about what agency a Mobility Manager would work for,
but most likely would work under SEIRPC/SEIBUS. It is planned that further discussion will take
place to determine what agency a mobility manager would work for, what their specific duties
would be, and how the position would be funded.




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4.7     Priorities, Goals, and Objectives Update
For the FY2010 – 2013 PTP, the TRAC identified 3 priorities for improving passenger
transportation in Southeast Iowa. The TRAC reviewed these priorities in December 2010 and
decided to add a fourth priority related to volunteer transportation. In addition to this change,
the TRAC had a long discussion about how to implement proposed projects and priorities more
quickly. This discussion led to the TRAC recommending the creation of subcommittees to focus
on implementing specific priorities. Subcommittees are currently being formed to focus on
each of the identified priorities.

Priority #1 – Increase the Public Awareness of Transportation Services in Southeast Iowa

Goal: Create a comprehensive inventory of regional transportation services.

   Objectives:
    Compile all existing service information on regional transportation provider services
      from SEIBUS, BUS, Trailways, etc.;
    Mine additional resources, such as county CPC’s, AAA, RSVP, medical clinics, etc. for
      additional services provided; and
    Conduct surveys and interviews to update information on services offered by different
      providers.

Goal: To develop a common brand and symbol for Southeast Iowa Regional Transportation

   Objectives:
    Create a regional transit marketing committee to research existing regional transit
      marketing models to determine the feasibility of developing a common brand;
    If developing a common brand is feasible, marketing possibilities to be implemented
      include:
          o Create a common brand and symbol for regional transit
          o Apply common symbol to all related vehicles, letterhead, etc.
          o Create Informative Brochures and Fliers
          o Create a power point presentation to use to present to community groups and
              for other public speaking opportunities
          o Create a common website with common brand and information on all services
                   Purchase domain name such as SEIowaTransit.com
                   Identify a location to host website
                   Advertise website on all materials and vehicles
                   Update website on a weekly or monthly basis
          o Start a Public Relations Campaign to get word out about services available
                   Get regional media outlets to interview spokespeople for regional transit
                     for radio and newspaper
                   Create press releases for any new activities or big events




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Priority #2 – Create a Regional Central Dispatch or Information Center

Goal: Research existing models to assess the need for and determine the feasibility of creating
a regional central dispatch center

   Objectives:
    Research, study, and prepare a report on existing central dispatch facilities that provides
      detailed information on if and how a central dispatch would work in Southeast Iowa;
      and
    Determine the participation needed from each organization and funding needed for a
      centralized regional dispatch.

Goal: Create a comprehensive inventory of regional transportation services.

   Objectives:
    Compile all existing service information on regional transportation provider services
      from SEIBUS, BUS, Trailways, etc.;
    Mine additional resources, such as county CPC’s, AAA, RSVP, medical clinics, etc. for
      additional services provided; and
    Conduct surveys and interviews to update information on services offered by different
      providers.

Priority #3 – Identify opportunities to provide additional service for Assisted Transportation,
Medical Transportation, and Employee Transportation

Goal: Identify the actual “need” for assisted transportation and medical service

   Objectives:
    Use Existing Census/IDED/AAA data sources to determine need for service;
    Create a form for transit agencies, human service agencies, etc to fill out to document
      need for assisted or medical transportation; and
    Train agency staffs on the usage of the form for data collection.

Goal: Evaluate and propose coordination opportunities between human service providers,
public transit agencies, etc.

   Objectives:
    Analyze existing public transit services for potential coordination opportunities;
    Compile list of frequent destinations of riders;
    Send information to businesses/clinics/locations that are frequent destinations of riders
      about how they can coordinate with transit agencies;
    Review past and conduct new surveys to identify potential opportunities for
      coordination between different transportation providers; and
    Review all existing information on past coordination meetings to identify opportunities
      for coordination.


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Goal: Analyzed existing medical shuttle service to Iowa City and regional medical services to
determine possibility of expanding all medical transportation services

   Objectives:
    Gather information on existing service including time, ridership, operation cost, etc. to
      help determine best day of week to provide additional service;
    Identify potential funding sources for expanding medical services; and
    Submit grant application for new vehicle and operations expenses.

Goal: Analyze existing services to determine the need for expanding hours

   Objectives:
    Gather information on existing services including time, ridership, operation cost, hours
      of operation, etc.;
    Create a form for transit agencies, human service agencies, etc to fill out to document
      need for trips during hours not currently served;
    Identify potential funding sources for expanding hours of service;
    Identify specific locations that have a need for expanded hours; and
    Use collected information to determine the feasibility of expanding service.

Goal: Identify opportunities for additional employee transportation services

   Objectives:
    Review survey of largest employers in Southeast Iowa to determine which companies
      have an interest in providing transportation for employees;
    Contact employers interested in transportation to discuss opportunities for providing
      transportation for their workers.

Goal: Hire a mobility manager to identify opportunities for additional services and improve
      coordination of services

   Objectives:
    Identify a funding source for local match for a mobility manager and what agency
      mobility manager will work for; and
    Advertise for mobility manager position.




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Priority #4 – Determining a need for and creating a volunteer transportation system.

Goal: Create a comprehensive inventory of existing regional volunteer transportation services.

   Objectives:
    Compile all existing service information on regional transportation provider services
      from SEIBUS, BUS, Trailways, etc.;
    Mine additional resources, such as county CPC’s, AAA, RSVP, medical clinics, etc. for
      additional services provided; and
    Conduct surveys and interviews to update information on services offered by different
      providers.

Goal: Identify the need for volunteer services in Southeast Iowa by identifying riders whose
needs are currently not met through public transit services.

   Objectives:
    Use Existing Census/IDED/AAA data sources to determine need for service;
    Meet with transit agencies, human service agencies, to determine riders that need
      volunteer transportation; and
    Talk with existing volunteer transportation services to determine additional needs that
      could be met with expansion of volunteer services.

Goal: Research existing volunteer transportation models to determine the feasibility of and
identify a framework for volunteer transportation services that will work in Southeast Iowa

   Objectives:
    Research, study, and prepare a report on existing volunteer transportation services
      around the country; and
    Create a plan to determine the participation needed from each organization and any
      potential funding needed for creating and running a volunteer transportation service.




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S ECTION 5 . 0 R ECOMMENDED P ROJECTS
           Section 5.0 - Recommended Projects

           The Recommended Projects section includes a listing of all transit projects throughout the
           Southeast Iowa region that are recommended by the TRAC. This provides the basis for projects
           to be included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Year 2013 - 2016.
           The TIP is a key element of the PTP as any project that seeks federal funding must be included
           in the TIP.

           5.1      Recommended Fiscal Year 2013 Projects
           The following section provides details on the FFY 2013 recommended projects including an
           identification of the needs addressed and how projects meet the eligibility requirements for the
           proposed funding source. Figure 5.1 below provides a list of projects recommended for the
           FFY2013 Transportation Improvement Program to meet service needs.
           The general operations, maintenance, and administration for BUS and SEIBUS is an ongoing
           project to ensure the continuation of services in Southeast Iowa. As noted in the needs section,
           the continuation of existing operations of all transportation services is a top priority in
           Southeast Iowa. BUS utilizes a combination of STA funding, local transit levy, and FTA Section
           5311 funding to fund its general operations, maintenance, and administration of services.
           SEIBUS utilizes a combination of STA funding and FTA Section 5311 funding to fund its general
           operations, maintenance, and administration of services.
           In addition to these projects, SEIRPC will work on its normal transportation planning efforts
           utilizing 5311 funding for PTP development, TRAC organization, grant applications, and other
           transit planning efforts. SEIRPC will also pursue additional funding to begin working on the top
           identified regional needs.
   Figure 5.1 FFY 2013 Recommended Projects to Meet Service Needs

     Agency         Funding
                     Source                  Project Description                       Type of Project                  Total Cost
     SEIBUS        5311, STA      General Operations                                     Operations                   $     818,368
     SEIRPC           5311        RPA Planning                                            Planning                    $       30,328
      BUS          5311, STA      General Operations                                     Operations                   $     713,882
                                                                                            Total                      $ 1,562,578

           Figure 5.2 below provides a list of projects recommended to meet regional fleet needs. As
           discussed in Section 4.4, the main fleet needs are the replacement of existing vehicles, while
           there is also some need for fleet expansion due to increased service and aging fleets.
Figure 5.2 FFY 2013 Recommended Projects to Meet Fleet Needs

  Agency         Funding
                  Source                             Project Description                            Type of Project        Total Cost
  SEIBUS           5309        Replace #051 with 176" WB with Diesel LD Bus                            Capital           $      86,000
  SEIBUS           5309        Replace #052 with 176" WB with Diesel LD Bus                            Capital           $      86,000
  SEIBUS           5309        Replace #974D with 176" WB with Diesel LD Bus                           Capital           $      86,000
  SEIBUS           5309        Replace #962 with 176" WB with Diesel LD Bus                            Capital           $      86,000
  SEIBUS            STP        2 New 176" WB with Diesel LD Bus                                        Capital           $    138,000
   BUS             5309        Replace #723 with 176" LD Diesel Bus w/surveillance and UFRC            Capital           $       97,000
   BUS             5317        Great River Medical Center Service Expansion Vehicle - Minivan          Capital           $       44,000
                                                                                                         Total             $ 623,000


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  Section 5.0 - Recommended Projects
  The vehicles listed above in Figure 5.2 listed for FTA Section 5309 are all vehicles that BUS and
  SEIBUS are looking to replace due to the vehicles age and/or mileage. This includes nearly all of
  the vehicles each agency has eligible for replacement. It is unlikely that all of these vehicles will
  be replaced as 5309 funding is discretionary and not a guaranteed funding source. The
  replacement of these buses would be a huge asset to the continuation of services and for
  potentially providing additional services in the future. In addition to fleet replacement, BUS is
  hoping to add a new conversion van through FTA 5317 New Freedoms to expand disability
  services for Great River Medical Center patients after normal hours of operation.

  Figure 5.3 below provides a list of projects recommended for management, facility, and
  equipment needs.
Figure 5.3 FFY 2012 Recommended Projects to Meet Management, Facility, and Equipment Needs
  Agency     Funding Source              Project Description            Type of Project      Total Cost
  SEIRPC          5317        Mobility Manager                             Personnel         $   76,756
  SEIBUS          5309        ITS Maintenance Software                      Capital          $    5,000
                                                                             Total            $ 201,756

  SEIBUS has a need to purchase maintenance software to improve efficiencies and provide
  better records of the system. Not only will this provide efficiencies, but the tracking of this
  information will provide a system for future planning of needed maintenance of vehicles.
  SEIBUS will apply for funding through the FTA 5309 program which is used for capital
  investment in public transit agencies. This software purchase will be the first step in
  implementing recommendations in the SEIBUS ITS Feasibility Study. SEIRPC continues to look
  into the benefits of hiring a mobility manager. There is a need for this position to help identify
  opportunities for new services and coordinating existing services.

  5.2      Recommended Projects Fiscal Years 2014 - 2016
  Table 5.4 on the following page includes projects anticipated for future years FY2014 – 2016.
  This includes ongoing projects such as general operation, administration, maintenance, and RPA
  Planning. This also includes additional buses for Burlington Urban Service and SEIBUS
  scheduled for replacement. It shall be noted that this is a list of potential projects and is
  subject to change as new projects come about and if any of the projects listed above for
  FFY2013 are not implemented. This list of projects will be reevaluated on a yearly basis and
  changed to meet future needs that arise. Furthermore, as discussed in Section 4.5, SEIBUS has
  a long term need for a transit facility that provides indoor storage, space for maintenance, and
  space for washing buses. The indoor storage, in house maintenance, and bus washing facilities
  will help SEIBUS to extend the useful life of its vehicles and save in maintenance costs. SEIBUS
  will continue to evaluate the potential use of the Public Transit Infrastructure Grant that could
  have potentially help pay for the initial costs for facility design and engineering.




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Figure 5.4 Recommended Projects FFY 2013 - 2015
   Agency       Funding Source                         Project Description              Type of Project     Total Cost
    BUS           5311, STA        General Operations                                     Operations      $      713,882
    BUS             5309           Replace #721 with 30’ MD Diesel Bus w/surveillance       Capital       $      164,000
    BUS             5309           Replace #722 with 30’ MD Diesel Bus w/surveillance       Capital       $      164,000
   SEIBUS         5311, STA        General Operations                                     Operations      $      818,368
   SEIBUS           5309           Replace #031D with Non-ADA Standard Van                  Capital       $       31,000
   SEIBUS           5309           Replace #032 with Non-ADA Standard Van                   Capital       $       31,000
   SEIBUS           5311           RPA Planning                                            Planning       $        30,328
   SEIBUS            PTIG          Transit Facility – Design and Engineering                Capital       $      120,000
                                                                                             Total          $ 2,072,578




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A PPENDIX A — T R A C A GENDAS   AND   N OTES
Transit Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 - 1:30 PM
SEIRPC Transit Training Room
211 N Gear Avenue
West Burlington, IA 52655




1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Subcommittee Meetings for Public Awarness, Regional Dispatch, Service Opportunity,
   and Volunteer Transportation – See Attachment A

3. Subcommittee Recap
   Point to accomplish: Provide a recap of the subcommittee meetings.

4. Passenger Transit Plan (PTP) Review and Discussion – See Attachment B
   Point to accomplish: Review Final Draft PTP for any updates to regional priorities and projects

5. Additional Discussion
   Point to Accomplish: Discuss any items that may have been neglected during the meeting.
                        Questions and discussion regarding BUS/SEIBUS stats and financials.
                        Identify future agenda items.

6. Meeting Schedule
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   Points to accomplish: Next meeting – Wednesday, June 15 , 2011
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                                        Wednesday, September 21 , 2011
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                                        Wednesday, December 21 , 2011

7. Adjournment
Transit Advisory Committee Meeting Notes
March 16th, 2011 @ 1:30 PM – SEIRPC 1st Floor Transit Conference Room
1. Welcome and Introductions
    Meeting started at 1:39 PM. Those in attendance were:
         o Zach James – SEIRPC
         o Doug Roelfs – BUS
         o Bob Kuskowski – SEIBUS
         o Paula Buckman – Louisa County Supervisor
         o Gary See – Henry County Supervisor
         o Bob Bartles – Hope Haven
         o Dennis Zegarac – Area Agency on Aging
         o Brenda Sayre – Area Agency on Aging
2. Subcommittee Meetings
     Zach James mentioned that everyone would be splitting up into the
      subcommittees to meet for the first time. He provided pages in the agenda
      packet that provide a general mission and goals for each group. He further
      stated that the mission and goals could change, but they were to give the
      groups a starting place to begin discussions.
3. Subcommittee Recap
    Each of the three subcommittees provided an update on the discussion that
      they had. There was a similar theme from each of the groups that involved
      getting a better understanding of all of the services that were available in the
      area.
    Dennis Zegarac mentioned that they had access to an online database that
      could provide a good starting point for agencies that provide transportation
      service. The groups could then contact different people to find out more
      details about the services that were provided. Zegarac further stated that he
      would send the information to Zach James to review and distribute to the rest
      of the TRAC Members.

4. Passenger Transit Plan Review and Discussion
    Zach James reviewed the final draft PTP with the TRAC members. He
      specifically reviewed Section 3.0 Recent Developments, Section 4.0
      Evaluation of Needs, and Section 5.0 Recommended Projects as these were
      the only areas that had changed from the previous draft.
    There were no comments from the group, so James asked everyone to take
      their time to look through the document and to provide any comments by
      April, so they could be included in the final draft submitted to Iowa DOT.

5. Additional Discussion
    Gary See asked if there was any potential for SEIBUS to put in a bid on
      services in Lee County. Bob Kuskowski said that they are working on this and
      something SEIBUS is interested in. There was a discussion among the group
      on the history of SEIBUS and how 10-15 Transit began providing service in
      Lee County.
6. Meeting Schedule
    Zach James informed the group that the next meeting would be held on
     Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. The plan will be to continue having the
     subcommittee meetings starting at 1:30 PM with the TRAC meeting following.

7. Adjournment
    Meeting adjourned at 3:12 PM
Transit Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 - 1:30 PM
SEIRPC Transit Training Room
211 N Gear Avenue
West Burlington, IA 52655




1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Subcommittee Meetings for Public Awareness, Regional Dispatch, Service
   Opportunity, and Volunteer Transportation – See Attachment A

3. Subcommittee Recap
   Point to accomplish: Provide a recap of the subcommittee meetings.

4. Additional Discussion
   Point to Accomplish: Discuss any items that may have been neglected during the meeting.
                        Questions and discussion regarding BUS/SEIBUS stats and financials.
                        Identify future agenda items.

5. Meeting Schedule
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   Points to accomplish: Next meeting - Wednesday, September 21 , 2011
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                                        Wednesday, December 21 , 2011

6. Adjournment
Transit Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 - 1:30 PM
SEIRPC Transit Training Room
211 N Gear Avenue
West Burlington, IA 52655




1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Survey and Survey Recipients Discussion – Attachments A and B
   Point to Accomplish: Discuss any items that may have been neglected during the meeting.



3. Additional Discussion Attachment C and D
   Point to Accomplish: Discuss any items that may have been neglected during the meeting.
                        Questions and discussion regarding BUS/SEIBUS stats and financials.
                        Identify future agenda items.

4. Meeting Schedule
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   Points to accomplish: Next meeting – Wednesday, December 21 , 2011?

5. Adjournment
Transit Advisory Committee Meeting Notes
September 21st, 2011 @ 1:30 PM – SEIRPC 1st Floor Transit Conference Room

1. Welcome and Introductions
    Meeting started at 1:36 PM. Those in attendance were:
        o Zach James – SEIRPC
        o Bob Kuskowski – SEIBUS
        o Paula Buckman – Louisa County Supervisor
        o Sarah Kaufman – Henry County CPC
        o Mary Maine – Des Moines County RSVP
        o Dennis Zegarac – Area Agency on Aging
        o Brenda Sayre – Area Agency on Aging

2. Survey and Survey Recipients Discussion
     Zach James explained that all of the subcommittees needed additional
      information on other services provided in the Southeast Iowa Region before
      moving forward. To better identify these services a survey is being put together
      to be sent out to regional organizations. James presented a draft survey for the
      TRAC members to review. There were many comments made regarding the
      format of the survey and the wording of the questions. James stated he would
      update the survey based on the feedback from the TRAC and send out the
      updated version via e-mail.
     James then presented a draft list of who the survey would be sent out to. This
      list was put together using data provided from Southeast Iowa AAA. A few
      comments were made about organizations to include. James stated he would
      send this list out via e-mail with the survey to gather any additional information
      on who to send the survey to and to get their contact information.

3. Additional Discussion
    James presented statistics and financials for BUS and SEIBUS. There was a small
      discussion on each.

4. Meeting Schedule
    Zach James informed the group that the next meeting would be held on
     Wednesday, December 21st, 2011. It was decided that due to the holidays the
     meeting would be moved to the 14th.

5. Adjournment
    Meeting adjourned at 2:20 PM

				
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