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T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP REPORT 154 TRANSPORTAT ION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2012 www.TRB.org Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subscriber Categories Public Transportation â¢ Planning and Forecasting â¢ Society Developing, Enhancing, and Sustaining Tribal Transit Services: A Guidebook Albert T. Stoddard III LSC TranSporTaTion ConSuLTanTS, inC. Colorado Springs, CO I n a s s o c I a t I o n w I t h David Sampson Jill Cahoon aECoM uSa, inC. Southport, CT Ronald Hall TribaL TEChniCaL aSSiSTanCE prograM CoLorado STaTE univErSiTy Fort Collins, CO Peter Schauer pETEr SChauEr aSSoCiaTES Boonville, MO Valerie J. Southern vaLEriE J. SouThErnâTranSporTaTion ConSuLTanT, LLC Fairfax, VA Tangerine Almeida LSC TranSporTaTion ConSuLTanTS, inC. Colorado Springs, CO
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This project represents a collective effort by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., along with AECOM USA, Inc., Colorado State University, Peter Schauer Associates, and Valerie J. SouthernâTransportation Consultant, LLC. The authors want to express their appreciation and acknowledge the support and assis- tance of the tribes that participated in each phase of the research. The tribes which participated are men- tioned in Chapter 2 of the Research Report. Without their participation, the research would not have been possible and the guidebook would not have contained the detailed information that was provided. The research team also would like to thank the TCRP Project H-38 panel for their contributions to the content of the guidebook. CRP STAFF FOR TCRP REPORT 154 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Stephan A. Parker, Senior Program Officer Megha Khadka, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Sharon Lamberton, Assistant Editor TCRP PROJECT H-38 PANEL Field of Public TransportationâAreas of Planning and Forecasting and Society Emma Featherman-Sam, Oglala Sioux Transit, Pine Ridge, SD (Chair) Frederick J. âFredâ Cowie, Helena, MT Michael Ford, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor, MI Cynthia Gomez, Shingle Springs Tribal Court, Sacramento, CA C. John Healy, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Harlem, MT Mark R. Hoffman, Arizona DOT, Phoenix, AZ Shawn Klemens, M.I.T.W., Department of Transit Services, Keshena, WI John P. Smith, Shoshone & Arapaho Tribes, Fort Washakie, WY Arlene Templer, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, MT Cathy Monroe, FTA Liaison Lorna R. Wilson, FTA Liaison Bernard Alkire, Michigan Technological University, Michigan TTAP Liaison Byron Bluehorse, Alaska TTAP Liaison Andy Coyle, National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP) Liaison Pam DiGiovanni, National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP) Liaison Edward H. Hall, III, Bureau of Indian Affairs Liaison Joseph Myers, National Indian Justice Center, California/Nevada TTAP Liaison Raquelle Myers, National Indian Justice Center, California/Nevada TTAP Liaison Vivian A. Philbin, Federal Highway Administration Liaison Richard Rolland, Eastern Washington University, Northwest TTAP Liaison Charles A. Rutkowski, Community Transportation Association of America Liaison Gwen Salt, National Congress of American Indians Liaison Dennis Trusty, United Tribes Technical College, Northern Plains TTAP Liaison Martine A. Micozzi, TRB Liaison
TCRP Report 154: Developing, Enhancing, and Sustaining Tribal Transit Services: A Guide- book provides an overview of the tribal transit planning process and detailed guidance about the various steps for planning and implementing a tribal transit system. The steps that are described may be used for planning a new transit system, enhancing an existing service, or taking action to sustain services. While the guidebook is primarily aimed at tribal transit planners, it will also be of interest to tribal transportation planners and liaisons at all levels of government. In the research effort led by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., data were collected from 67 tribes during Phase 1 and more detailed information was collected from 48 tribes during Phase 2. Fifteen tribes were visited for the development of case studies. Data were collected regarding the type of transit services, the size and scope of the transit programs, and funding approaches. Characteristics of successful tribal transit programs were identi- fied and explored in more detail. Tribes that have not been successful in establishing a transit program were sought out to determine reasons for lack of success. Five common characteristics for sustainability of tribal transit programs were identified: planning, local leadership, cooperation and coordination, trained key staff, and multiple funding sources. The case studies provide examples of these characteristics for success and sustainability. The guidebook describes the challenges and opportunities faced by tribes when establishing transit programs and examples of how tribes have used these opportunities and overcome the challenges. Options are provided to help tribes develop or enhance their transit services for long-term sustainability. This project created four products that are available on the TRB website at http://www. trb.org/main/blurbs/166797.aspx: (1) the guidebook, described above; (2) the research report, which documents the development of the guidebook and includes detailed infor- mation on the surveys, published separately as TCRP Web Document 54; (3) a 16-page full-color brochure, published in 2011 as Native Americans on the Move: Challenges and Successes, with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation; and (4) a PowerPoint presenta- tion describing the entire project. F O R E W O R D By Stephan A. Parker Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 About This Guide 1 Organization of the Guidebook 3 Technical Planning Tools 4 Keys to Sustainability 7 Chapter 1 Planning Considerations 7 Introduction 7 Tribal Sovereignty 9 Role of Governing Bodies 10 Turnover in Governing Body or Staff 10 Effective Tribal Government Support 11 Relationship with State and Local Governments 12 Funding 13 Qualified Employees 13 Adequate Facilities 14 For More Information 15 Chapter 2 Overview of Planning Process 15 Introduction 15 Inventory of Existing Services 17 Transportation Needs Assessment 19 Developing Strategic Goals and Objectives 20 Transit Service Planning 21 Implementation 22 Working with Consultants 23 For More Information 25 Chapter 3 Inventory of Transportation Resources 25 Introduction 25 Types of Transportation Programs 27 Information to Gather 28 Existing Funding Programs 29 For More Information 30 Chapter 4 Transportation Needs Assessment 30 Introduction 30 Demographic Analysis 33 Transit Demand Methodologies 38 For More Information 40 Chapter 5 Developing a Transit Vision, Goals, and Objectives 40 Introduction 40 Determining a Vision for Transit Service 41 Mission Statement C O N T E N T S
42 Goals 42 Objectives 44 Sample Mission, Goals, and Objectives 45 Performance Measures 52 For More Information 53 Chapter 6 Environmental Issues 53 Introduction 53 Air Quality 54 Environmental Mitigation 54 NEPA Requirements 58 For More Information 59 Chapter 7 Transit Service Planning 59 Introduction 59 Types of Transit Service 63 Performance Standards 63 Challenges for Tribal Transit Systems 65 Selecting the Appropriate Service Type 66 Coordination of Transportation Programs 71 Facilities 71 Hazards and Security 79 Maintenance and Safety Plan 91 Insurance and Licensing 91 For More Information 92 Chapter 8 Funding Tribal Transit Programs 92 Introduction 94 Potential Local Funding Sources 100 Compliance and Reporting Requirements 110 Tribal Transit Program Master Agreement 112 FTA Master Agreement 113 State Program Reporting Requirements 116 For More Information 118 Chapter 9 Elements of Transit Program Implementation 118 Introduction 118 Operations Plan 119 Organization and Administration 121 Monitoring and Reporting 124 Planning for Hazards and Safety 125 Marketing Plan 137 Financial Plan and Budget 153 Alternative Fuels 156 Vehicle Disposal 158 Legal Issues 159 Insurance 159 Barriers and Obstacles 160 Implementation Process 161 For More Information
162 Chapter 10 Tribal Transit Program Case Studies 162 Introduction 162 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 164 Coeur dâAlene Tribe 166 Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community 167 Lac du Flambeau Indian Tribe 168 Menominee Indian Tribe 170 Navajo Nation 172 Oglala Sioux Tribe 174 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes 176 Seneca Nation of Indians 177 Sitka Tribe of Alaska 179 Southern Ute Indian Tribe 181 Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 182 Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians 184 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 186 Yakama Indian Nation 188 Appendix A Glossary 191 Appendix B Resources 195 Appendix C Potential Funding Sources Note: Many of the photographs, figures, and tables in this report have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the Web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. Cover image reprinted with permission of the Billings Gazette.