In 2008, the Area Plan Commission staff and other social services providers evaluated the transportation needs and challenges of persons who are elderly, disabled or have low incomes. As a group transportation barriers and challenges were identified and strategies developed to alleviate them. That work resulted in the Coordinated Human Service Transit Plan (CHSTP).
Since this is an ongoing and dynamic issue, annual meetings have been held with stakeholders. These provided an opportunity to discuss how challenges have changed, what solutions have been tried and what needs are being met. They also allow social service providers to discuss new and emerging challenges and issues.
Starting in the summer of 2013 Area Plan Commission staff discussed the issues with the Citizens Participation Committee. A stakeholder meeting was held on December 9, 2013. Stakeholders were asked to review the barriers, gaps and challenges that were identified in the 2008 Plan and assess if they were still applicable. They were also asked to identify any new issues arising since the plan's completion. Strategies were reviewed and updated.