AMMA to Provide Title VI Technical Assistance to Small Urban and Rural Providers

AMMA Transit PlaCalACT caltrans logosnning will now provide Title VI technical assistance to small urban and rural public transportation providers as part of CalACT’s Rural Transportation Assistance Program on behalf of Caltrans. AMMA will focus its Title VI technical assistance efforts on public transit providers that operate less 50 or more fixed route vehicles in peak service and are not located in an Urbanized Area of 200,000 or more in population. As recipients of federal funding, public transportation providers must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ensures that all persons in the United States are not excluded from, denied services or benefits on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.

AMMA is currently preparing Title VI Programs for two of San Bernardino County’s rural transit providers, the Morongo Basin Transit Authority and Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority. In addition to developing the Title VI programs and corresponding procedures, AMMA is preparing Language Assistance Plans and Public Participation Plans for these agencies.

AMMA will build on this background to assist additional public transportation providers throughout the state. AMMA’s Title VI technical assistance will include orienting providers with where and how to start, developing templates and tools; compiling resources; and prepping providers to regularly monitor and update their plans

The Title VI planning process is a natural outgrowth of AMMA’s years of expertise in pro-active outreach, coordination, careful research and attention to analytics.

AMMA will begin this new role with a presentation in May at CalACT’s Spring Conference and Expo, followed by webinars in June.

Bus Service to the North Shore Approved

20130424_170054 A true success was realized today when the RCTC (Riverside County Transportation Commission) Board approved an expansion to SunLine’s service to provide transportation options to the rural communities of the Salton Sea.

Funded by a JARC (Job Access and Reverse Commute) grant, passenger fares, and local matching funds, this two year expansion of SunLine’s bus service will enable residents on the North Shore of the Salton Sea to travel by bus to Mecca, Thermal, Coachella and Indio, and enable connections to other Coachella Valley locations.  These 4,000+ North Shore residents are currently ten miles from the nearest SunLine stop.

AMMA played a key role in bringing the “right folks to the table”  – through the Coordinated Transportation-Human Services Plan process.   We are pleased that new mobility options will now exist for this otherwise isolated community, an example of what true coordination can realize.

Click here to read the official press release.