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“Coordination strives to maximize the efficient use of resources such as vehicles, personnel, and funding. It attempts to reduce service duplication, increase vehicle sharing, and improve service quality. It can lower the cost of providing transportation, and communities can apply the cost savings to increase service or simply reduce costs.” – Jon E. Burkhardt

Accessible Transportation in Rural Areas (2003) 

This Easter Seals Project ACTION Resource Sheet examines accessible transportation strategies for rural areas including: coordinated systems, volunteer networks, vouchers, and flex routes. Concludes with contact information for organizations currently working on rural transportation issues.

Framework for Action: Building the Fully Coordinated Transportation System 

Community Assessment Guide (Easter Seals Project ACTION 2004)
A self-assessment tool for communities and states. The Framework for Action offers a process for evaluating the progress of coordination efforts.

Including People with Disabilities in Coordinated Plans (Easter Seals Project ACTION 2009)
Provides ideas and suggestions for increased involvement by people with disabilities in communities' coordination efforts toward accessible transportation. Publication is designed to support people with disabilities in their participation and for the communities involving them in processes.

Preparing Coordinated Transportation Plans: A Guidebook for State Departments of Transportation (NCHRP 2009)
This digest presents the results of NCHRP Project 20-65, Task 14, “Current Practice and Future Guidance on the Development of SAFETEA-LU-Required Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans.” The research was conducted by TranSystems under contract to AECOM Consult, with Patricia Monahan as the Principal Investigator.
Coordinated Approaches to Expanding Access to Public Transportation (TCRP 2007)
This TCRP digest summarizes the mission performed May 4–May 19, 2006, under TCRP Project J-03, “International Transit Studies Program.” This digest includes transportation information on the cities and facilities visited. It was prepared by staff of the Eno Transportation Foundation and is based on reports filed by the mission participants.

Toolkit for Rural Community Coordinated Transportation Services (TCRP 2004)
TCRP 101 examines strategies and practices used to coordinate rural transportation services and identifies model processes used for local coordination efforts in rural communities. This report includes a stand-alone executive summary that provides information, instructions, and lessons learned from rural communities that have implemented coordinated transportation services. This information may be used by local communities, state agencies, and tribal governments in planning and implementing coordinated community transportation services in rural areas.

Coordinating Transportation Services: Local Collaboration and Decision-Making (Creative Action 2001)
A "how-to" manual for coordinating local transportation services. Divided into five sections that explore current issues, collaborative thinking, action plans, handling conflict, and evaluation procedures, this handbook thoroughly reviews the steps needed for successful coordination. Activities are geared toward group settings.

Economic Benefits of Coordinating Human Service Transportation and Transit Services (Burkhardt 2004)
New research has found that significant economic benefits—including increased funding, decreased costs, and increased productivity—can be obtained by coordinating human service agency transportation and transit services. Implementing successful coordination programs could generate combined economic impacts (after considering all costs) of about $700 million per year to transportation providers (human service agencies and transit agencies) in the United States. Total benefits (beyond those benefits accruing just to transportation providers) are even greater. Particularly successful coordination strategies include transit agencies providing trips for Medicaid clients, nontransit agencies providing Americans with Disabilities Act and other paratransit services, transportation providers shifting paratransit riders to fixed-route service, local human service agencies coordinating their trips, and communities expanding transit services into unserved areas.