Special needs transportation funding underway – workshop July 26

PSRC is gearing up for a new funding cycle for transportation serving seniors, youth, and people living with low income or disabilities.

Hyde Shuttle is one of the transortation rpograms funded via PSRC's special needs program.

Hyde Shuttles transport seniors and people with disabilities to hot meal programs, medical appointments, senior centers, grocery stores, and other local destinations. (Photo – Sound Generations)

The first step for applicants is to complete a project eligibility screening form for Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 funds.

Applicants should complete forms no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 19.  We encourage you to submit eligibility screening forms as early as possible.

Questions about eligibility and special needs funding?  Join us at a workshop on Tuesday, July 26, 1 – 3 p.m., at PSRC to learn more.

PSRC’s competitive Coordinated Grant program funds eligible projects from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) program in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett Urbanized Area.

PSRC’s process also provides regional priority ranking for state and other FTA special needs transportation funds managed by WSDOT in its Consolidated Grant Program.

Through this coordination, PSRC and the Washington State Department of Transportation help leverage funding to meet needs and fill gaps for special transportation services in the region.

If you have any questions, please contact Gil Cerise at gcerise@psrc.org or 206-971-3053 or Gary Simonson at gsimonson@psrc.org or 206-971-3276.

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$71 million proposed for King County transportation projects

King County has finalized its recommended project list to receive $71 million in federal transportation funds available through a countywide competition.

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit  would receive $4,900,000 for preliminary engineering if the project list is approved by the Executive Board in October 2016.

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit would receive $4,900,000 for preliminary engineering if the project list is approved by the Executive Board in October 2016.

In King County, the countywide group King County Project Evaluation Committee coordinates a competitive process to select projects for a share of federal funds coming to the region.

Examples of projects recommended for funding are:

Seattle, Center City Gateway ITS, $5,555,000

Bellevue, NE Spring Boulevard Multi-Modal Corridor Zone 1A, $5,500,000

North Bend, Downtown Plaza, $1,367,369

Pacific, West Valley Highway Reconstruction, $ 630,000

Sound Transit, Kent and Auburn Sounder Station Access Improvements, $1,500,000

Port of Seattle, NWSA Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS), $519,000

King County Roads, Stillwater Hill Road Reconstruction, $4,370,941

Renton, Lake Washington Loop Trail – Phase 3, $1,694,278

Shoreline, 15th Avenue NE Preservation, $587,289

 

All projects recommended for funding through the countywide forums and through PSRC’s regional competition will go to the Transportation Policy Board on July 14.  Following public comment, the Executive Board will take final action in October.

In all, the region has the responsibility for selecting projects to receive nearly $700 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds in 2016.

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$456 million proposed for transit

The region’s transit agencies would receive $456 million in federal funds under a recommendation by PSRC’s Transportation Operators Committee today.

Pierce Transit would receive $15.6 million for purchase of new buses.

Pierce Transit would receive $15.6 million for purchase of new buses.

The money would help pay for bus replacements, maintenance on Link and Sounder rail, ferry repairs and more.

It’s part of PSRC’s project selection process that distributes funds from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration every two to three years.

The region’s transit agencies receive a share of funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

A policy framework adopted by PSRC’s Executive Board guides how funds are distributed. The majority of the funds are divvied up among the transit agencies by “earned share” based on how much service they provide and other factors such as population density.

Another share of the funds is targeted for preservation.

Some of the projects include:

King County Metro – Bus Replacements $108,847,493

Kitsap Transit – Bus and Over-the Road Coach Purchase  $9,956,361

Pierce Transit – Clean Fuels Bus Replacement/Expansion  $1,575,795

Washington State Ferries – Vessel Preservation and Improvement  $2,421,798

Everett Transit – Everett Station Preventive Maintenance and Rehabilitation  $3,846,894

More information is available here, including the full list of recommended projects.

The funding recommendation will go to the Transportation Policy Board on July 14.  Following a public comment period, the Executive Board will act on project approval in October.

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$12.6 million for projects in Kitsap County

The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council has recommended funding 15 projects with $12.6 million in federal funds.

The Ridgetop Boulevard Green Streets project connects the Silverdale Regional Center with the Clear Creek Trail system. adds bike lanes and expands the existing sidewalk facilities to promote non-motorized transportation to the Center and to the schools.

The Ridgetop Boulevard Green Streets project will add bike lanes and expand existing sidewalks – improving access to the Clear Creek Trail System (pictured), nearby schools and the Silverdale regional growth center.

As part of PSRC’s funding competition, each county in the region has a role in recommending projects for a share of Federal Highway Administration funds.

Each countywide organization coordinates a competitive process to select the projects.

It’s an opportunity for each of the region’s four counties to fund countywide priorities and improve transportation to centers and corridors that connect them.

Projects recommended by the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council for funding:

Sportsman’s and New Brooklyn Intersection Improvement – Bainbridge Island $156,000

Fletcher Bay Shoulder Improvements – Bainbridge Island  $389,000

Warren Avenue Bridge – Shared Use Pathway – Bremerton $475,750

6th Street Preservation – Bremerton $640,100

Ridgetop Boulevard Green Streets Phase 2+3 – Kitsap County $1,188,000

Silverdale Way Preservation – Kitsap County $930,000

Totten Road Non-Motorized Construction – Kitsap County $723,000

Carney Lake Road – Kitsap County $389,000

Seabeck Highway #2 – Kitsap County  $941,000

SR305 Improvements Study – Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council $367,625

Wheaton Way Transit Center – Kitsap Transit $800,000

Hwy 16 Park and Ride Alternatives Analysis – Kitsap Transit $249,000

Kitsap Transit Bike Barn Rehabilitation – Kitsap Transit $248,000

Tremont Street Widening – Port Orchard     $1,680,447

Noll Road Phase 1 Construction- Poulsbo $3,429,448

More information on the Kitsap projects is available here

Stay tuned for project recommendations from Snohomish, King and Pierce counties in the coming weeks.

The Transportation Policy Board will take up the whole list of projects on July 14. Following public comment, the Executive Board is scheduled to take final action in October.

 

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$19 million more for transit

An extra $19 million for bus purchases, maintenance and other transit investments is coming to the region.

Intercity Transit will receive funding reflecting its commuting services into the region.

Intercity Transit will receive a share of the region’s federal transit funding because the agency provides commuting service into the region.

On Thursday, June 9, the Transportation Policy Board will make a recommendation on the projects receiving funding.

The region receives funds from the Federal Transit Administration based on formula that considers service and operating characteristics of each transit agency, as well as regional attributes. The exact funding amount is adjusted annually.

PSRC originally distributed 2016 funding from the Federal Transit Administration as part of the 2014 project selection process using an estimate based on previous funding levels.

When FTA published the 2016 allocations to its funding programs, PSRC’s 2016 FTA funds were higher than originally estimated by $19.4 million.

Two transit agencies outside the region – Intercity Transit in Thurston County and Skagit Transit in Skagit County – will receive some of the funding because they provide service to people commuting into the region.

Some of the projects recommended for funding:

King County Metro – Trolley Bus Replacement – $4,624,579

Intercity Transit – Replacement Fixed Route Coaches  – $2,859,986

Sound Transit Regional Express Bus Program – $3,495,417

Kitsap Transit – North Kitsap Base – $490,318

The Transportation Policy Board will  meet on Thursday, June 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in PSRC’s board room. You can find full agenda packet here.

Other agenda items include:

  • Overview of Special Needs Transportation and Approval of Updated Section 5310 Program Management Plan
  • Travel Trends presentation
  • ORCA Data Analysis Project

 

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Projects selected for $67 million in PSRC funding

The first projects are starting to emerge from PSRC’s $700 million competition for federal funds.

Community Transit is planning Swift 2 – a new bus rapid transit line connecting two regional job centers, Paine Field and Canyon Park. It new service is leading in competition for $5 million in PSRC funds.

Community Transit is planning Swift 2 – a new bus rapid transit line connecting two regional job centers, Paine Field and Canyon Park. Its new service is leading in competition for $5 million in PSRC funds.

PSRC’s Regional Project Evaluation Committee has completed its recommendation for projects to receive $67 million available via PSRC’s regional funding competition for federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds.

See the list of projects recommended for funding here.

In total, 52 projects had requested $210 million in funding, with $67.3 available. An interactive data summary of the project applications can be found here.

PSRC conducts a process approximately every two years to distribute Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds.

In addition to the competition for regional funds, the merit-based competition includes recommendations by each countywide forum and the region’s transit agencies.

The Transportation Policy Board will review all funding recommendations in July.  Following public comment, the Executive Board is scheduled to take final action in October.

In total, nearly $700 million in federal transportation funding will be allocated through PSRC’s project selection process.

 

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Projects competing for PSRC funds will be presented April 21-22

PSRC has received 36 applications for transportation funding for the 2016 Regional FHWA Competition.

This WSDOT repaving project at I-405 and SR 527 received $676,000 in these funds from PSRC.

This WSDOT repaving project at I-405 and SR 527 received $676,000 in these funds from PSRC.

The $67.25 million in funding is available for projects that are within or connect regional growth or manufacturing industrial centers.

This is a merit based funding competition.

The next step is for project sponsors to present projects to the PSRC scoring team and members of the Regional Project Evaluation Committee.

These 15 minute presentations will include 5-7 minutes for questions.

The schedule is for Thursday, April 21, from 1pm to 5pm and Friday, April 22, from 9am-5pm.

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