Meetings will be held across southeast Minnesota during the month of February to review existing transportation challenges and discuss formation of a regional transportation coordinating council to improve transit access and coordination.
A meeting in Winona is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at City Hall, 207 Lafayette St., Winona.
All stakeholders interested in improving transportation in southeast Minnesota are encouraged to attend, including representatives from county departments of social services, transportation providers, human services agencies, veteran service organizations, senior service organizations, workforce development, private organizations and the general public.
There are also meetings scheduled for Northfield, Rochester and Owatonna. The same material will be presented during each meeting; multiple locations and dates were scheduled for convenience.
An RTCC is a local organization focused on addressing the challenges of the current transit system. An RTCC would lead coordination efforts to fill transportation gaps, streamline access to transportation and increase options of where and when to travel. The proposed project area for the southeast RTCC includes the following 11-county region: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.
An initial steering committee has been formed to advise on the initial planning and organization development phase for the southeast Minnesota RTCC. Agencies and organizations interested in implementation of the southeast Minnesota RTCC are encouraged to participate in the upcoming meetings and contact a member of the steering committee.
The initial planning and organizational development phase for the southeast Minnesota RTCC is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Organizational Planning grant program. Three Rivers Community Action applied for the grant funding on behalf of a collaboration of regional agencies and organizations.
For more information on the southeast Minnesota RTCC and upcoming meetings, visit http://bit.ly/minnrtcc.