Transportation Advisory Group (TAG)

The Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) is a committee of transportation providers, human service agencies, state and local government agencies, health care providers, and other interested stakeholders that work to coordinate human service transportation in central Iowa.  The Transportation Advisory Group was developed and is staffed by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and has been in existence since 2006. The TAG meets every other month, with Catlin Curry and Carl Saxon serving as co-chairs. If you have questions about the group, or would like copies of past agendas or minutes, please contact Carl Saxon.

Passenger Transportation Plan

Purpose The Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) process for Iowa’s 9 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and 18 Regional Planning Affiliations (RPAs) is designed to promote joint, coordinated passenger transportation planning programs that further the development of the local and regional public transportation systems. Public transportation systems in Iowa include the 35 public transit systems PLUS a wide array of human service and private transportation providers. The goals are: 1. Improve transportation services to Iowans 2. Increase passenger transportation coordination 3. Create awareness of unmet needs 4. Develop new working partnerships 5. Assist decision-makers, advocates, and consumers in understanding the range of transportation options available 6. Develop justification for future passenger transportation investments 7. Save dollars and eliminate overlapping of services The PTPs are an Iowa creation, providing needs-based justification for passenger transportation projects and as well as incorporating federal requirements for coordinated planning.

The MPO and CIRTPA FFY 2019-2023 Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) can be found here. Transportation Provider Inventory (2017)

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Agendas Meeting Documents
March 2020 Transportation and the Role of Hospitals
November 2019 Minutes, Iowa DOT Statewide Transit Plan Presentation
September 2019 Minutes, Mercy One Presentation
July 2019 Minutes, HIRTA Presentation 
April 2019 Minutes, DART Bus Shelter Plan Presentation
January 2019 Minutes
September 2018 Minutes, Presentation
May 2018DRAFT Passenger Transportation Plan FY 2019-2023 Minutes, Presentation
February 2018 Minutes, Presentation
November 2017 Presentation
August 2016 Minutes

Planning to attend a meeting?

Anyone planning to attend MPO meetings who may need auxiliary aids or services should call the Des Moines Area MPO office at 515-334-0075. Please call at least 48 hours in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.