Special needs project list approved

The Executive Board has approved a list of special needs transportation projects that will become eligible to receive funding through PSRC’s Coordinated Grant Program and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Grant Program.

Special needs transportation project list approved by PSRC, will move on to Coordinated Grant Program at WSDOT to be finalized in spring 2017.

Special needs projects provide transportation services to seniors, people with disabilities, and others who have mobility challenges due to age or income to help them get to medical appointments, educational opportunities, jobs, shopping and social interactions.

The list includes 14 projects recommended to receive $4.2 million in funding. There are also 20 projects recommended to receive regional priority rankings for the statewide WSDOT Consolidated Grant competition.

Example projects and the amounts recommended include:

  • Mobility Management King County, Hopelink, $513,056
  • Beyond the Borders, Pierce County Community Connections, $989,262
  • Sustain Community Shuttles for Seniors and People with Disabilities in King County, City of Seattle Aging and Disability Services Division, $490,911

Final decision on awards for projects on the list will be determined after WSDOT Consolidated Grant awards in the spring of 2017.

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PSRC seeking public comment on special needs transportation projects

PSRC is inviting public comment on special needs projects recommended for funding.

Share your thoughts on a proposed list of projects recommended for special needs funding!

Share your thoughts on a proposed list of projects recommended for special needs funding!

The projects will become eligible to receive funding through PSRC’s Coordinated Grant Program and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Grant Program.

Special needs projects provide transportation services to seniors, people with disabilities, and others who have mobility challenges due to age or income to help them get to medical appointments, educational opportunities, jobs, shopping and social interactions.

The list includes 14 projects recommended to receive $4.2 million in funding. There are also 20 project recommended to receive regional priority rankings for the statewide WSDOT Consolidated Grant competition.  Final decision on awards for projects on the list will be determined after WSDOT Consolidated Grant awards in the spring of 2017.

Example projects and the amounts recommended include:

  • Mobility Management King County, Hopelink, $513,056
  • Beyond the Borders, Pierce County Community Connections, $989,262
  • Sustain Community Shuttles for Seniors and People with Disabilities in King County, City of Seattle Aging and Disability Services Division, $490,911

The public review and comment period will run until January 26, 2017, when PSRC’s Executive Board is scheduled to recommend the projects for funding.

How to make a comment:

Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council

ATTN: Gil Cerise

1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500

Seattle, Washington 98104-1035

E-mail: gcerise@psrc.org

In Person: January 12 at 9:30 a.m. or January 26 at 10 a.m. at PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle 98104

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Project delivery of PSRC funds

As part of its overall effort to ensure projects receiving PSRC funds move forward efficiently, PSRC has implemented a successful project tracking program, which helps project sponsors meet any requirement hurdles in a timely fashion.

King County Metro's trolley buses were part of PSRC's project delivery target this year.

King County Metro’s trolley buses were part of PSRC’s project delivery target this year.

At its December 8 meeting, the Transportation Policy Board will be reviewing some recent research into the tracking program to see if there are any potential risks imposed on projects when funds are awarded only to the preliminary engineering / design phase, rather than complete funding through construction.

Also in funding news, the board is set to release a list of projects recommended for PSRC’s special needs transportation funding through the Coordinated Grant Program.

The board will also be reviewing the draft work program for the upcoming update to Transportation 2040, which is slated to be finalized in January.

See the full agenda here and watch it live on December 8 at 9:30 am.