Greater Minnesota Regional Transportation
Coordination Councils Program
The Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Human Services, in collaboration with other state agencies through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA), working with local governments and organizations have created Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCCs) as appropriate throughout Greater Minnesota.
The Northwest Regional Transportation Coordination Council (NWRTCC) serves Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in northwestern Minnesota. The NWRTCC is composed of members from various social services, transportation agencies, and human service organizations within the region. The intention is to include representatives from a wide range of agencies and interests with board membership involving representatives from:
County Departments of Social Services
Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging
Human Services Non-Profit Organizations
Transportation and Human Services Advocates
Veteran Service Organizations
Managed Care Providers
Centers for Independent Living
Other Funders of Transportation Services.
The purpose of the NWRTCC is to identify transportation barriers and develop solutions. The goal is to increase coordination between transportation providers, service agents, and the private sector. These partnerships help to fill transportation gaps, improve access to transportation and provide individuals more options.
We encourage coordination between providers of transportation services.
We help to facilitate public awareness of available transportation options and how to access resources in the community.
NWRTCC advises the NWRDC on planning, policy, and other matters related to the provision of transportation services.
‘Equitable and safe access to transportation is a civil right. Transportation touches every part of American lives and makes the American Dream possible, getting people and goods to where they need to be, directly and indirectly creating good-paying jobs and helping improve quality of life, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. “
(a) The term “equity” means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
(b) The term “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied the full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of “equity.”
We seek to share power by engaging a diverse group of people and perspectives, including their voices and respecting their culture, to create practice and policy that reflects their values.