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Who We Are

The People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force is a collaborative effort which resulted from the need to improve access to jobs for welfare clients, low income individuals and anyone who depends on public transportation. With broad representation from government, business, regional planning agencies, chambers of commerce, social service providers, job developers, and transportation providers, People to Jobs is committed to improving transportation services region-wide via new, expanded, and enhanced services to reduce the barrier of transportation to employment.

What We Do

With funding from the Connecticut Department of Social Services, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration, the People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force, in collaboration with transit operators, decides where new, enhanced, or extended service is needed. The WorkPlace, Inc., Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, is the fiscal and administrative agent. Transportation services provided by the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority, CT Transit, Norwalk Transit District, Valley Transit District, and the Milford Transit District, in coordination with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro-North, are continually evaluated to ensure that services are effectively meeting the employment transportation needs of those being served.

How We Work

The People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force conducts its activities through a committee structure comprised of members who are experts in their respective fields. The common ground that all Task Force members share is a mutual commitment to improving transportation services region-wide

Why We Formed

Welfare reform mandated the requirement to place people in jobs. Transportation was identified as an area needing change in order to bring former welfare recipients into the workforce. The People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force was formed in 1996 as a pilot to improve access to jobs for welfare clients, low-income individuals, and anyone depending on public transportation. Now People to Jobs is an integral part of the transportation system – getting thousands of people throughout Southwestern Connecticut, who are counted on by employers, to and from work.

Who Benefits

Improved transportation systems benefit everyone -- welfare recipients, low-income job seekers, people with disabilities, the general public, and employers. Better bus service gets more people to more jobs in the region and job retention increases the quality of life for residents. The region’s economy benefits from a mobile workforce and People to Jobs makes it happen.


What We've Accomplished

The People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force has, through its regional, collaborative approach:

  • Expanded bus service in Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Fairfield, Stratford, Shelton, and Derby.

  • Created the Coastal Link service which provides direct service from Milford to Norwalk seven days per week.

  • Participated in an educational outreach effort to improve access to jobs for people with disabilities.

  • Guided efforts to improve employment transportation for people with disabilities by providing transportation planning assistance through the CTWorks Career Centers.

 

Committee Structure

The People to Jobs Regional Transportation Task Force, through its committee structure, uses a collaborative approach to improve employment-based transportation services throughout the region. This approach ensures inclusion in the process of identifying needs, planning solutions, and implementing services that address access to employment.


 

Operations Committee

Recommends, reviews, and modifies operational systems as needed. Monitors funding and service productivity. Identifies funding opportunities leading to the introduction, expansion, and enhancement of transportation services. Communicates status of committee efforts and funding to various constituencies for the purposes of education and advocacy.

Members

Brenda Burton-Seldon, FSW

Nancy Carroll, Norwalk Transit District

Elisabeth Cooper, Connecticut Department of Corrections

Tom Crispino, CT Transit – Stamford Division

Evangelio Franco, MetroPool

Glendine Henry, Connecticut Department of Social Services

Doug Holcomb, Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority 

Henry Jadach, Milford Transit District

Ellen Lawrence, Connecticut Department of Transportation 

David Lee, CT Transit – Stamford Division

Robin Maillett, Connecticut Department of Social Services

Sue Prosi, South Western Regional Planning Agency

Bill Purcell, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Rivers, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Jonathan Rubell, The Kennedy Center, Inc.

Michael Sanders, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Marcie Thompson, Career Resources, Inc.

Brian Williams, People to Places

Allan Yu, Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency

Paul Zvonkovic, Valley Transit District


Marketing Subcommittee

Plans and develops materials for the purpose of communication, advocacy, and outreach to promote job access transportation services in Southwestern Connecticut. Oversees implementation of advocacy efforts to a variety of constituencies.

Members

Colleen Brathwaite, Connecticut Department of Commuter Services

Nancy Carroll, Norwalk Transit District

Danielle Cyr, Connecticut Department of Transportation 

Doug Holcomb, Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority

David Raby,  Connecticut Department of Transportation 

Jonathan Rubell, The Kennedy Center, Inc.

Paula Sakofs, Connecticut Department of Commuter Services

James Stutz, Connecticut Department of Transportation 

 

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