The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act serves as the authorizing legislation for funding through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs. While FTA has yet to issue updated formal guidance, this legislation appears to continue previous coordinated transportation planning requirements. Specifically, projects selected for funding through the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program authorized by the FAST Act must be “included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan.”
In response to this requirement the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) led the development of this Public Transit-Human Services Plan (PTHSP). BMPO provides transportation planning for the Cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona, Ucon, and the urbanized portions of Bonneville County. BMPO has the responsibility for planning and coordinating transportation and public transit services throughout District 6. This PTHSP covers the urbanized area of District 6, shown in Figure 1-1, while the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is leading a similar planning process for the non-urbanized area of the district.