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Importance of Sustainability Planning

A sustainability plan outlines strategies to continue a transportation program. Sustainability may involve maintaining program services, staff members, and community partnerships. Transportation programs should tailor sustainability plans to their specific needs, goals, and resources.

Key issues to consider when planning for sustainability include:

  • Planning for the continued engagement of stakeholders and partners
  • Considering what contributions stakeholders and partners can provide
  • Monitoring population demographics and trends in the community
  • Considering what fees may be appropriate for services
  • Tracking the impact of the program
  • Leveraging human, financial, and in-kind resources from the community

The Rural Health Information Hub provides a list of resources to help rural organizations plan for sustainability as well as information about grant writing and capital funding for rural communities.

Resources to Learn More

Regional Rural Transportation Planning: State Models for Local Consultation, Regional Coordination, and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations
Document
Provides information about national and regional planning bodies and processes. Provides state-by-state profiles of the state-level transportation planning framework.
Organization(s): National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation
Date: 7/2016

State Resource Center on Innovative Infrastructure Strategies
Website
Organization that provides technical assistance and capacity building support to states interested in learning more about public-private partnerships for infrastructure maintenance and support. The website includes information about Center-supported policy retreats, as well as information and case studies about several localities that have used public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects.
Organization(s): National Governors Association

USDA Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program
Document
Fact sheet that provides basic information, including eligibility requirements and contact information, for programs interested in applying for technical assistance from the USDA Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance program. The program is designed for both new and existing transit systems and includes planning assistance, training, marketing, troubleshooting, and coordination activities.
Organization(s): Community Transportation Association of America
Date: 2016