Regional Transportation Coordinating Council Grant

Three Rivers was awarded funds in May 2018 through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCC) Organizational Planning grant program. We applied on behalf of a collaboration of regional agencies and organizations, many of which provided comment and support for the application, and some of which are represented through the Steering Committee for this project. The proposed project area for the Southeast RTCC includes the geography of eleven counties in Minnesota: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.

What is an RTCC?

According to the MN Council on Transportation Access, an RTCC is a regional, cross-sectoral entity with the goal of breaking down transportation barriers, streamlining services, and filling transportation gaps so that customers have more options of where and when to travel. RTCCs include representatives from a wide range of agencies and interests, and ensure that coordination initiatives improve mobility for transportation disadvantaged households (older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and military veterans) among other regional coordination goals.

Southeast RTCC Start-up Steering Committee

Three Rivers, as the primary recipient of funds for the RTCC project, has convened a small, temporary project Steering Committee to assist with the ramp up for this Year 1 RTCC project. (A more robust and comprehensive Governing Board or other advisory structure will be required for full implementation of the RTCC in following years.) The start-up Steering Committee members are:




Brian Carlson

Braun Intertec

Southeast Minnesota Together, regional

Jerry Gabrielatos

City of Albert Lea

City government, transportation purchaser

Chris Giesen

Community and Economic Development Associates

Nonprofit, local government planning

Sandi Goslee

Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments

City-County government, planning

Kelly Harder

Dakota County Human Services

County government, human services

Joe Jacobson

Rochester City Lines

Private sector transportation, regional


Three Rivers Community Action

Nonprofit, seniors/low income

Request for Proposals: Planner/Facilitator to Create Regional Transportation Coordinating Council in Southeast Minnesota

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is specific to the RTCC project’s first year of planning and organizational development. The selected contractor for this year will act as the lead staff for the project, and will work in conjunction with Three Rivers and the Steering Committee to plan and complete tasks related to creation of a sustainable, formal, region-wide entity dedicated to improving transportation service.  MnDOT has stated that, with commitment of local match funds, the agency anticipates continued funding for the RTCC initiative to move regional planning efforts toward full implementation. As such, funds and contracts for implementation and ongoing planning are anticipated for the project after the completion of the planning phase (July 2018 through June 2019). For details, refer to the RFP linked below. 

Full RFP

Issued: July 2, 2018

Proposals due on or before: July 27, 2018

Per the RFP, responses to RFP questions received by July 18, 2018  will be posted here on or before July 23, 2018.

Responses to applicant questions