PSRC coordinates special needs funding available to the region from the Federal Transit Administration. The grants make a big difference to the volunteer and nonprofit programs and transit agencies that provide services to people that need them.
The Executive Board also finalized its recommendations to the 2013 Legislature, calling for a comprehensive and fair statewide transportation package supporting job creation. You can watch the whole meeting here.
Transportation services for older, disabled or low-income people — 35 projects totaling $10.69 million in funding requests — will be considered by the Executive Board on Thursday.
Beyond the Borders provides trips to and from rural Pierce County for seniors and people with disabilities or low incomes.
Two of the projects on the list:
Beyond the Borders is a free transportation service provided by Pierce County Community Services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low incomes living in rural Pierce County.
The service helps people get to jobs, doctor’s appointments, the grocery store and to other services and activities.
The Road to Independence program will provide people with developmental disabilities with a reliable way to get from their homes in the Puyallup area to Vadis, a work and training center for individuals with significant disabilities in Sumner.
These projects will become eligible to receive funding through grant programs administered by PSRC and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Also on the Executive Board’s agenda is adoption of PSRC’s transportation recommendations to the 2013 legislature and a briefing on the Washington Aerospace Partnership.
A Snowy Owl in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
Birds are a good indicator of a healthy and ecologically diverse landscape.
In a study conducted of home sales in Lubbock, Texas in 2008 and 2009 – during the national downturn in housing values – Michael Farmer, Mark Wallace and Micheal Shiroya found that the presence of just one less common bird species at the site could increase the value of the home by roughly $32,000.
The correlation could be because the birds are attracted to the same thing as home buyers: trees and mature landscaping with a variety of plants.
The trio is working on a tool to help planners use this information to improve communities as well as economic and ecological gains.