COAST is a founding member and the lead agency for Formula Funding, of the Alliance for Community Transportation, or ACT. ACT was formed approximately 10 years ago as a collaborative effort to improve access to health care in Strafford County. Coordination of existing publicly-funded transportation resources has been the primary strategy to achieve the group’s goal of improved transportation opportunities in the region.
In 2007, NH RSA 239-B created the State Coordinating Council for Community Transportation (SCC) which became responsible for identifying “community transportation regions” and designating a “regional coordination council” (RCC) for each region. Each RCC is to “facilitate the implementation of coordinated community transportation” and “encourage the development of improved and expanded regional community transportation services”. ACT was designated as the RCC for the Southeast New Hampshire region, encompassing 38 communities, in 2010.
ACT has secured private funding through the Endowment for Health, the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and the NH Charitable Foundation to support its efforts, typically to match Federal grants obtained through COAST and the Rockingham Planning Commission. COAST's role as a public transportation provider and its long time support of transportation coordination led to its being designated as one of the RCC’s lead agencies.
ACT members meet bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, typically at the McConnell Center in Dover. Public participation is encouraged. Accommodation for persons with disabilities can be arranged through Jeff Donald, Community Transportation Manager.
To view the complete schedule of ACT meetings, please visit the ACT Events page.
ACT's website has more information on regional coordination and a searchable Community Transportation Directory. Users can find fixed route and door-to-door transportation options throughout the region to meet their needs.