The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) is conducting the McKinleyville Transit Study under a contract with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), with support from the Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) and public outreach coordination from the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP).
The WTI team is led by WTI Director David Kack and Researcher Andrea Hamre. David has over 20 years of experience in the field of transportation, with expertise in coordinated transportation systems, planning and evaluation, public transportation design and analysis, data collection, and cost/benefit analysis. Andrea has a PhD from Virginia Tech in planning and ten years of experience studying and working in the field of transportation, with expertise in applied economics, sustainable transportation policy and planning, and quantitative methods. WTI’s project experience includes:
- NADO-USDA Lebanon, Missouri Rural Transportation Feasibility Study
- NADO-USDA Technical Assistance Project – Southwest Colorado (Durango)
- Park County (Wyoming) Public Transportation Feasibility Study
- Analysis of the Intercity Travel Network Creating Small Urban and Rural Communities
- Intercity Bus Service Studies for Montana and Wyoming
The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) is a Joint Powers Agency composed of the seven incorporated cities (Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Trinidad), and the County of Humboldt. It is the designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) as well as the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE). The agency is largely responsible for programming State highway, local street and road improvements, public transportation resources, and the roadside call box program. HCAOG also bears responsibility for preparing and implementing the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The transportation planning and programming processes are accomplished by a multi-layered committee structure.
HTA was established in 1975 as a joint powers authority (JPA) signed by Humboldt County and the cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell and Trinidad. HTA is funded primarily through fares and Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds from the JPA members. HTA is headquartered in the county seat of Eureka and is governed by a seven member Board of Directors comprised of one representative each from the five incorporated cities and two representatives from the County of Humboldt. HTA operates and maintains the Redwood Transit System (RTS), the Willow Creek Transit Service, and the Southern Humboldt Transit Systems.
CRTP is a nonprofit organization operating on the North Coast of California, primarily in Humboldt County. CRTP's mission is to promote transportation solutions that protect and support a healthy environment, healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy economy on the North Coast. The CRTP team is led by CRTP Executive Director and President Colin Fiske. Colin has helped lead CRTP for 5 years, and has training, experience, and expertise in environmental analysis, as well as advocacy, research, organizing, and outreach surrounding environmental and social issues.