Alliance’s collaboration with the Louisiana DOTD to provide technical assistance began in 2004. With ongoing 3-year contracts renewing consistently, we are truly partners in ensuring that transit providers across the state are able to deliver quality service in an efficient and safe manner, while continuing to anticipate and comply with Federal regulations and requirements.
For this on-call contract, we work with the LADOTD Public Transportation Section, the SSO Program Manager, and each of the rural transportation providers in Louisiana, to identify and meet their specific needs as well as the needs of their stakeholders. Our focus is on safety and security, service coordination, cost efficiencies, and communication.
Federal guidelines can pose a significant challenge to State DOTs, particularly in regard to asset management and safety program reporting requirements. Bus safety and security, understandably, is of utmost importance to all concerned. Alliance’s technical assistance team has assisted Louisiana transit providers with implementing and adhering to voluntary safety standards since 2006, putting them well ahead of the Federal mandates.
Through our work with the Public Transportation Section, the SSO Program Manager, and the rural transportation providers, we are able to help build capacity, to deliver service in an efficient way, and to help the State of Louisiana coordinate among its stakeholder constituents and customers, to deliver the best transportation system possible.
As a virtual extension of our client’s staff, the Alliance team’s successes for this project include:
- Planning and delivering workshops on marketing, bus safety and security, cost allocation, coordination of services, and other topics of crucial importance to rural public transportation providers across the state
- Writing the Statewide Bus Safety and Security Bus Standard
- Preparing and publishing a quarterly newsletter, informing transit providers of updates and providing guidance on topical issues
- Providing assistance to the LADOTD in their role as the SSO Agency for fixed-guideway operations in the state including participating in FTA fixed-guideway safety and security audits of the state, LADOTD reviews of the RTA, reviewing compliance documents, performing training workshops on fixed-guideway safety and security issues, etc.
- Updating the Statewide Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan, developing a regional coordination template and assisting in the development of 8 regional HSTC plans
- Providing transit planning assistance and technical expertise for rural communities developing transit services
- Planning for and participating in various statewide initiatives such as the Transportation Services Coordination Summit, statewide annual transit conference, and facilitating a legislatively mandated working group
- Developing various statewide plans to meet federal compliance issues such as the Intercity Bus Plan and others
- Developing the FEMA Louisiana Supplemental Emergency Public Transportation Plan, a statewide plan for funding transportation services to displaced citizens following the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes
- Developing the Statewide Transit Tracking and Reporting System (STTARS) for use by all rural and E&D providers to track and report ridership. STTARS includes components to enable transit providers to:
- Manage online applications
- Dispatch vehicles
- Track ridership
- Manage grants
- Enter vehicle maintenance records
- Invoice for services