FERGUS FALLS -- Otter Tail County board members, on Nov. 26, heard a presentation from representatives of the Region 4 Transportation Coordinating Council. Efforts are being made to provide transportation disadvantaged people in Otter Tail County and eight adjoining counties with more options of where and when to travel.

Those in need include individuals with low incomes, disabled people, military veterans and others.

“Filling transportation gaps and streamlining access to transportation are major goals in coordination with transportation providers and the private sector,” said West Central Community Action Chief Executive Officer Missy Becker-Cook.

Community Action Family and Community Services Director Heather Molesworth said another major goal is to provide a one-call, one-click call center to integrate transportation services.

“This will improve transportation access across county lines,” Molesworth added.

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All of this is being done in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, providers such as Transit Alternatives Otter Express (a branch of Fergus Falls-based Productive Alternatives) and local governmental agencies.

The Region 4 mission statement is as follows: “To coordinate and expand the provision of transportation services to benefit those residents of west central Minnesota facing transportation barriers.”