The purpose of this document is to evaluate existing transportation providers, the unmet needs and duplications in human service and public transportation services, and establish transportation related goals for Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Knox, and Fulton Counties in Central Illinois. This documentation fulfills planning requirements for the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation legislation, which guarantees funding for highways, highway safety, and public transportation.
Since its initial adoption in February 2008, the Region 5 HSTP has been revised a total of four times, most recently in May 2016. The plan contains demographic conditions, an inventory of existing transportation providers, gaps and duplications in service, and unmet needs of the seven-county region that have been identified through analysis, committee input, and stakeholder outreach. The ultimate goal of the HSTP is to increase the number of options and affordability of public transportation for people with low incomes, individuals with disabilities, older adults, and the general public. In addition, the following specific goals have been identified in the Region 5 HSTP:
- Increase awareness of public and human services transportation;
- Improve the quality of public and human services transportation;
- Increase efficiency and decrease costs of the existing transportation system; and
- Increase availability and options of public and human services transportation.
The HSTP is intended to guide transit providers, planners, and state Department of Transportation personnel as they implement projects to better serve the regional transit system. The plan is improved upon and updated on a regular basis.