Cheshire County Regional Coordinating Council
The need to provide transportation services to people who do not have access to reliable transportation options, due to age, disability, income or other reasons, has been identified as a problem in Southwest New Hampshire for many years. To help address this need in Cheshire County, a diverse group of stakeholders have formed the Cheshire County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) for community transportation. The towns included in the CCRCC are listed below.
Alstead, Chesterfield, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, Winchester
State and Regional Context
Since 1994, New Hampshire transportation and human service agencies have been working in conjunction with Regional Planning Agencies to coordinate transportation services. A 2004 federal mandate that made coordination of federally funded transportation services a requirement. The mandate led to the federal "United We Ride" program which provides technical resources and funding to increase coordination.
The State Coordinating Council (SCC) for Community Transportation was established to oversee the development of a coordinated transportation system in New Hampshire as well as set policy and assist regional efforts. The SCC has been working with regional groups to establish Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs), whose purpose is to design and implement coordinated transportation services around the state and to select, guide, assist, and monitor a Regional Transportation Coordinator (RTC). The RTC would work with the RCC to develop services for the region, ensuring the most effective service is delivered.