States teaming with industry to train workers, the debate over Voter ID, Common Core standards in the states, the benefits of big data and much more are explored in this month's issue.
The intergovernmental landscape of transportation provision is complex and fragmented. By one estimate, some 44,000 levels of government are involved in providing or funding transportation, plus thousands of non-profit agencies, private companies and individuals. This has resulted in a lack of consistency in approaches, service duplication in some places, and unconnected services in others. Many who need transportation are left unserved or underserved.
To better coordinate human services transportation activities, as of December 2012, at least 28 states and the Northern Mariana Islands had created state-level coordinating councils. Coordinating councils are created in recognition of the complex governing structures that have arisen over time to help various populations access transportation. By facilitating cooperation among different state agencies and stakeholder groups, coordination can enhance transportation services to those in need and use public resources more efficiently, particularly in times of tight budgets.
The documents listed on this page provide an overview of state coordinating councils, as well as in-depth profiles of coordination activities and councils in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. These publications were made possible by generous funding support from the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor.
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