$3 million available for Rural Town Centers and Corridors

Know of a good transportation project in the rural area? PSRC is inviting agencies with eligible projects to submit applications for the $3 million in funding available through its Rural Town Centers and Corridors program.

A series of improvements to SR 203 to function as a main street in Duvall are the flagship project of the Rural Town Centers and Corridors program.

A series of improvements to SR 203 to better function as a main street in Duvall are the flagship project of the Rural Town Centers and Corridors program.

This program was established to recognize and support the needs of the region’s rural areas.

PSRC has funded projects like the realignment of SR 165 to a T intersection with SR 410 in Buckley, Kingston’s Complete Streets & SR 104 Corridor Planning Study, Town Center Infrastructure Improvements in Snoqualmie, and Snohomish’s 30th Street Widening with the Rural Town Centers and Corridors program.

In 2015, the program will use a collaborative countywide and regional approach with a two-stage application process.

The first stage takes place at the countywide level where each countywide forum reviews the application of parties interested in seeking RTCC funding and recommends three priority projects to compete in the regional competition.

Applications are due at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 9, 2015.

 

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Transportation project delivery on track

Thanks to the region’s project tracking program, the region has already delivered on 17% of its 2015 target as of January.

The region is on track to meet its 2015 delivery target.

The region is on track to meet its 2015 delivery target.

The federal transportation funding that PSRC distributes requires that certain delivery targets and timelines are met or the funds will be distributed to other regions.

A key goal for 2015 is for projects to secure $71 million in federal highway dollars by this summer. Nearly $12 million in PSRC funds have already been obligated for the year.

The initial deadline for delivery each year is August 1st, to ensure full delivery by the end of the federal fiscal year, September 30th.

PSRC staff is here to help its members obligate these funds quickly.   When our jurisdictions meet that deadline, we’ll be in a position to fund more projects in our region from places that don’t meet their deadline.

PSRC has new tracking procedures to help the region succeed in maximizing federal funds and earning a fair advantage for the region.

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Revisions to PSRC’s project tracking policies on tap

The federal transportation funding that PSRC distributes to projects around the region requires certain delivery targets and timelines are met or the funds will be distributed to other regions. PSRC’s project tracking program helps the region meet these goals.

 State of Good Repair is the highest priority in the region’s long-range transportation plan, Transportation 2040.

Project tracking helps the region make efficient use of its federal funds.

In 2014, the region came close to losing some of its funding due to unmet obligation dates. As such, the Regional Project Evaluation Committee reviewed the policies to find ways to strengthen the program.

The revisions include additional outreach to project sponsors and clearer timelines related to all stages of the funding process, including how extensions and supplemental funding requests will be handled.

The Transportation Policy Board is set to act on the revised tracking policies at its meeting on January 8.

See the full agenda here or watch the meeting live on Thursday at 9:30 am here.

 


PSRC seeking public comment on transportation projects in Skagit and Thurston counties

PSRC is encouraging people to comment on three projects new to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program that are recommended to receive $959,435 in PSRC funds.

Intercity Transit provides transit service from Thurston County to the central Puget Sound region.

Intercity Transit provides transit service from Thurston County to the central Puget Sound region.

The public comment period will run from January 2 – 22, 2015. PSRC’s Executive Board is scheduled to approve these projects on January 22.

The three projects are:

  • Skagit Transit: Commuter Bus Operations project, providing service between Mount Vernon and downtown Everett; $269,997 PSRC FTA funds
  • Intercity Transit: Vanpool Van Operating project, providing service from Thurston County into the PSRC region; $282,500 PSRC FTA funds
  • Intercity Transit: Fixed Route Operating project, providing service into the PSRC region; $406,938 PSRC FTA funds

The recommended funding for these projects are the result of funding redistributions from existing projects, and are new to the Transportation Improvement Program.  Both of these transit agencies are outside of the PSRC region, but provide service into the region and therefore are eligible to receive PSRC’s FTA funds.

How to make a comment:

Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Kelly McGourty
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035

E-mail: tipcomment@psrc.org

In Person: January 8 at 9:30 AM at the beginning of the Transportation Policy Board meeting or January 22 at 10 AM at the beginning of the Executive Board meeting. Both meetings will be held at 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104.


Transport for seniors, project delivery and the 2015 legislature

Over $200,000 will be available to expand transportation services for seniors and the disabled within King County next year – part of $4.4 million in special needs funds the region’s Transportation Policy Board will consider next week.

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Beyond the Borders helps eligible Pierce County residents access public transportation, medical services, employment, shopping, and social activities. It’s slated to receive over $1 million in FTA funds.

The projects recommended for funding were ranked on their merits over the past few months.

The board will also review the region’s efforts to maximize federal transportation funds through improved project management – PSRC works with jurisdictions to ensure that the region meets or beats deadlines for the use of federal funds.

With the 2015 state legislature set to convene on January 12th, the board will also finalize its transportation recommendations to legislators.

The region’s top priorities include: a comprehensive statewide transportation package and new authority to place ST3 on the ballot in 2016.

The Executive Board will make the final call on the recommendations on January 25th.

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Special needs transportation projects proposed

The Puget Sound Regional Council is inviting people to comment on special needs transportation projects recommended for funding.

South Sound 2-1-1’s transportation specialists help connect people with public transit, paratransit, and other specialized transportation services available in Pierce County.

South Sound 2-1-1’s transportation specialists help connect people with public transit, paratransit, and other specialized transportation services available in Pierce County.

Special needs projects provide transportation services to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, and youth.

The list includes 24 projects totaling more than $11 million in requests for funding.

One project is Senior Services of Snohomish County’s Transportation Assistance Program, which is requesting funds to replace four buses.

This program helps seniors and people with disabilities get to medical appointments, educational opportunities, jobs, shopping and social interactions.

Another program on the list is the South Sound 2-1-1 Transportation Resource Center, managed by United Way of Pierce County. The center provides information, referral, advocacy and follow-up about available transportation resources.

The public comment period on the special needs projects will run from December 11, 2014 through January 22, 2015.

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 8 at 9:30 a.m. or January 22 at 10 a.m. at PSRC

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Historic Water Ditch Trail nearly complete

The City of Tacoma is asking for input on the final section of the Historic Water Ditch Trail.

The city has developed four different options for the final piece of the 6-5 mile Water Ditch Trail.

The city has developed four different options for the final piece of the 6-5 mile Water Ditch Trail.

When the trail is complete, cyclists and walkers will be able to travel 6.5 miles between south Tacoma to downtown, the Tacoma Dome and the Thea Foss Waterway.

PSRC awarded $1.8 million to the project earlier this year.

The Historic Water Ditch Trail was originally part of a 110-year-old trail system that crossed Tacoma and extended to Mt. Rainier.

Plans are for a concrete multi-use trail, two-foot gravel shoulders, curb and gutter, pedestrian level lighting and amenities for pedestrians and transit users.

The city has developed four options for linking the existing segments of the trail and is inviting residents to learn more and fill out an online survey to provide comments.

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