Give Us Your Opinion

The Saint Cloud Area Planning Organization (APO), along with consulting firm WSB & Associates and local transportation providers and stakeholders, are in the process of developing a Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC) in Central Minnesota. The proposed RTCC would serve as a forum for transit providers and those who serve transit-dependent populations to discuss common issues and work cooperatively to solve mutual problems related to, but not limited to, service gaps, resources, and access.

To truly serve the transportation market - especially those most in need of a public transportation option such as older adults, persons with disabilities, persons with low income, students, new Americans, veterans, and others - transit service will need to become more regional, with easier connections for passengers traveling between one provider and the next.

The ultimate goal of the RTCC is to improve mobility for everyone by making it easier for people to use public transportation services for long-distance trips and/or trips that involve multiple cities/towns or transit providers. Other organizations in other parts of the state are also working on establishing RTCCs in their respective areas.

In order to accomplish this, we need your input. Please complete the following five question survey to help guide the development of this organization. Your answers will help determine how the RTCC would be structured and how it would function in Central Minnesota.

Thank you! 

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* 1. Would you change the proposed SERVICE AREA - which includes Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties - for the Central Minnesota RTCC?

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* 2. Would you change the following MISSION STATEMENT for the proposed Central Minnesota RTCC?

"The RTCC will serve as a centralized transportation service coordinator of affordable, quality, accessible, and available mobility options to all people in the region."

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* 3. Would you change the following GOALS for the proposed Central Minnesota RTCC?

- Interagency Coordination
- Efficient use of available resources, including leveraging volunteer drivers
- Support the identification of transportation payment sources
- Improve the cost-effectiveness of services through regional mobility managment
- Increase public awareness of services
- Establish a mechanism to evaluate transportation services
- Establish standards for quality transportation services
- Address comprehensive transportation needs

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* 4. Briefly describe your experience with transportation. What is working well for you? What would you like to change? Example: Have you ever been unable to reach your desired destination because you couldn't find a ride or a reliable source of transportation?

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* 5. Is your primary mode of transportation a personal vehicle?