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Housing – Transportation

Transportation Planning update from Lindsay Bell 3/24/10:

It has been four months since we met to jointly plan for the expansion of transportation services in the Central Yavapai region.  As is often the case, there has been some progress forward to expand transportation services in the region as well as a few steps backward.  First the good news:   With Yavapai County putting up the matching funds, CYMPO will be able to hire a transit administrator to tackle the start up steps necessary to put a regional transit system in place.  This staff person, who will be called a Transit Development Coordinator, will be housed at the County and supervised on a day to day basis by the County Public Works Director.  The Coordinator will be responsible for working with CYMPO to set up a regional transit authority, managing the federal transit grant and implementing phase one activities of the Transit Implementation Plan.  The last hurdle before they can advertise the job is for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to approve the job description and the Intergovenmental Agreement (between the County and CYMPO) at their April 5th meeting.  With luck, someone will be hired and on board by July.
The other piece of good news is the fact that the Town of Chino Valley has recently applied for a rural transit assistance grant to start a small transit program in Chino Valley.  If funded (and that looks like a good possibility), the grant will support a 4 day a week, 6 hour a day transit service starting up this October.  Two days a week the service will even make make two runs into Prescott!
The bad news on the horizon is that the State budget recently passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, includes the permanent repeal of the Local Transportation Assistance Funds (LTAF).  These are the monies that have supported the operation of the local voucher program for the past ten years.  Existing LTAF grant funds will run out locally by June 30, 2011.  In the current economy, it is unlikely that local governments can replace those funds and maintain the voucher program.
For a post on the mobility management group go to: http://newhorizonsilc.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/

One Response

  1. I have been introducing Carol Bollinger to our Web and Blog sites. She is a top producing grant writer, semi-retired. She is now coaching non profits for grant writing and foundation building.

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