July-October 2011, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma United We Ride (UWR) conducted a public transit/human service transportation survey to develop a comprehensive database of agencies that purchase and/or provide transportation services within the State of Oklahoma. The survey helped identify gaps and issues related to providing health and human service transportation and will assist in developing strategies for transportation providers to work together to create a more efficient and effective transportation system.
The survey findings are reflected in 2012 revisions to the ODOT Locally Coordinated Public Transit/Human Service Transportation Plan.
Survey findings were used in combination with other resources to accomplish the Council’s mission, “To provide a comprehensive assessment of existing state and federal human service transportation funding programs and to evaluate and recommend the most effective and efficient use of human service transportation resources across Oklahoma.” Therefore, the survey findings are reflected in the May 31, 2012, UWR report to the Governor, Human Services Transportation in Oklahoma: Recommendations for Coordination of Community Transportation for Elderly, Disabled, and Low-Income Citizens. Letters of support for UWR Council recommendations were solicited from stakeholders and potential partners and are included as Appendix F of the report. Contact the Council through this website to request the full report.
Oklahoma Mobility Management Network
PROPOSED TO GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN
The Governor’s Oklahoma United We Ride Council recommends that the Governor issue a directive (Executive Order) mandating community transportation coordination and funding for the establishment of The Oklahoma Mobility Management Network (Network) --a Statewide Mobility Manager; creation and maintenance of a Network Website and Database through which the Network would be managed; and outreach and marketing for the Network and community transportation coordination efforts.
Implementation of the recommendations is expected to result in fulfillment of the Council’s Vision “to create an Oklahoma transportation system that supports/meets the needs of all Oklahoma citizens including older adults, people with disabilities and low-income individuals.”
Proposed Executive Order
I, Mary Fallin, Governor of the state of Oklahoma, by the authority vested in me pursuant to Sections 1 and 2 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution, hereby establish the Oklahoma Mobility Management Network (The Network) which will be responsible for the coordination of human service/public transportation.
The purpose of this directive is to mandate the creation, coordination, and funding of the Oklahoma Mobility Management Network. The Network will collect, build and maintain an inventory of providers, creating an access system that will provide information to passengers via a web-based statewide program utilizing existing infrastructure.
It will serve as a transportation clearinghouse by which information and resources about transportation services can be disseminated to the general public as well as to providers. It will be able to facilitate the match between services and transportation needs. It can provide assistance in establishing eligibility for available services and/or itinerary planning. Critical to this service is the creation of and maintenance of the website and database of services and transportation resources which must be current and comprehensive. The Network will coordinate with agencies and organizations to assure that current marketing and outreach efforts are continued and enhanced utilizing existing resources. All agencies that provide human service transportation shall cooperate with the Oklahoma Mobility Management Network in implementing the provisions of this order.
There is hereby created the Oklahoma Mobility Management Network mandating participation of:
One lead agency serving as a mobility manager is preferable and has several potential benefits. This will make it easier for the public to access transportation information and eligibility requirements, thereby increasing their likelihood of using existing services. It will result in better management of transportation resources including existing services, vehicles, and drivers to minimize duplication and maximize geographic and temporal coverage. It will be easier for transportation providers and human service agencies to identify other transportation resources in their area, facilitating collaboration.
The lead agency shall be the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
The Network will make agreements and further partnerships with:
1. Governor’s Oklahoma United We Ride Council
2. Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils
3. Metropolitan Planning Organizations
4. Oklahoma Nations or Tribes
5. State Chambers of Commerce
6. Transportation Providers
7. Community Government Organizations
8. Organizations representing transportation disadvantaged
9. Transportation Associations/Organizations
10. Other Agencies at the discretion of the Governor
The Network will require funding for one and one half full time employees which will include a Mobility Manager and support staff. The Mobility Manager will coordinate advertising and outreach efforts.
The Mobility Manager will be a liaison between Agencies, partners, and the public as well as creating, facilitating and maintaining the web site and database in conjunction with Office of State Finance.
The website and database will include: inventory of services, inventory of providers, and will afford public access to the website. The website will match the individual with specific providers based on eligibility criteria. The website is not intended to schedule the ride.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will have Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) with partner agencies and will utilize current marketing and outreach resources available i.e. 2-1-1 Heartline and Helpline, community outreach meetings, brochures, newsletters, links or websites.
The Governor’s Oklahoma United We Ride Council is a valuable partner in the outreach and marketing of The Network. Public awareness of services that already exist has the potential to help Oklahomans meet their transportation needs without the expense of developing new or duplicative services.
This executive order shall be distributed to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation which shall cause the provisions of this order to be implemented.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of Oklahoma to be affixed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this day of , 2012.
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.