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.

 


Apply for funding:  Eligible projects help people with special transportation needs

Funding is available for projects that provide transportation services to seniors, youth, and people with disabilities or low income.

Snohomish County Transportation Coalition is one agency that provides transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. (Photo: SNOTRAC)

Snohomish County Transportation Coalition is one agency that provides transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. (Photo: SNOTRAC)

Application materials are due to PSRC by 5 p.m. on September 28, 2016.

As in past funding cycles, PSRC and the Washington State Department of Transportation will coordinate their respective funding programs to leverage funding and fill gaps in transportation to people with special transportation needs in the region.

PSRC’s program will fund eligible projects from $4.2 million available from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310  program.  This process also sets priority ranking for state and other FTA special needs transportation funds managed by WSDOT in its Consolidated Grant Program.

For more information, visit PSRC’s special needs funding page or contact Gil Cerise at gcerise@psrc.org or 206-971-3053.

 

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Special needs transportation funding underway

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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Funding approved for special needs transportation

Today the Executive Board approved 20 projects that help people with disabilities, older adults, youth, and people with low incomes get around more easily.

Key Peninsula School Bus Connects project received a grant to use school buses when students were not being transported, service began in November 2011. Community transportation was offered free of charge and targeted underserved populations including seniors, youth, veterans and those with special needs or low income.

The Key Peninsula School Bus Connects project received $150,000 to sustain and extend service connecting the Key Peninsula to transportation options at the Purdy Park and Ride. (Photo credit: Key Peninsula News)

The projects will receive $7.6 million from PSRC and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s coordinated grant programs.  See the full list of projects here.

Among the projects moving forward:

Northshore Senior Center will replace two aging, ADA-accessible minibuses and continue existing transportation service to seniors and people with disabilities in south Snohomish County and north King County.  The service crosses county and transit agency boundaries, providing seamless trips for riders.

Beyond the Borders is continuing its Pierce County Community Connections transportation service for special needs populations living outside of the Pierce Transit service area.  Beyond the Borders provides service to areas of Pierce County where transportation services are unavailable or insufficient to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities.  

Mobility Management: Hopelink received two grants for short-range planning and management activities and improving coordination among transportation providers.  One of the grants will help develop a coordinated emergency response that addresses vulnerable populations. Hopelink serves people living in north and east King County.

The board also approved a contingency list of projects in the event more funding becomes available before the next grant round in summer 2016.

 

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Special needs projects to get final funding awards

On Thursday, the Transportation Policy Board will recommend $1.8 million to projects that help seniors and people who are disabled get to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and other important activities.

$93,400 is being recommended for the Volunteer Chore Services transportation program, which helps elders and adults with disabilities remain independent in their own homes

$93,400 is being recommended for the Volunteer Chore Services program, which provides transportation and other services to help elders and adults with disabilities remain independent in their own homes

Last month WSDOT awarded $2.7 million in funding to special needs projects in the PSRC region.

Now that the dust has settled on the state’s awards, the Transportation Policy Board will recommend the remaining $1.8 million of PSRC funding to meet additional needs not funded by the state’s program.

The recommended projects include  King County’s Sustain Hyde Shuttles, Disabled Veterans Transportation, Pierce County’s Beyond the Borders, and the Northshore Senior Center. See the full list here.

The funding will help sustain existing programs, and provide minor levels of expansion for a handful of programs in alignment with the region’s Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan.

The Transportation Policy Board will also discuss recent transit integration activities in the region, including a presentation on King County Metro and Sound Transit long-range and system planning integration, and interagency efforts to improve HOV performance between Seattle and Everett.

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