Renewed funding for special needs transportation

$11 million for mobility services in region

Specialized transportation services in the region have received an $11 million funding infusion.

The Transportation Policy Board was briefed today on the results from the latest funding competition administered by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant program funds special needs transportation projects statewide, supporting mobility for seniors, people with disabilities, and other populations with mobility challenges due to age, income, or disability.

PSRC’s role is to work with stakeholders to develop regional rankings for the statewide competition, which were approved by the Executive Board in December and forwarded to the state.

At the meeting, Jerri Kelly, Pierce County Human Services, provided a presentation to the board on two of their transportation programs that received funding through the 2019-2021 Consolidated Grant Program:

  • Mobility Management Pierce County: Supports the Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition, which brings together diverse stakeholders in a coordinated way to address mobility needs for some of the region’s most vulnerable populations.
  • Beyond the Borders: Provides accessible demand response and deviated fixed-route transportation service to people with special transportation needs who live or travel in rural and suburban locations in portions of eastern and southern Pierce County, outside of the Pierce Transit district boundaries.

Other projects awarded funding include:

  • Catholic Community Services of King County - King County Volunteer Transportation Program, $98,101
  • Homage Senior Services-Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) Operations, $947,990
  • Mt Si Senior Center - Sustain SVT - Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, $1,029,000
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) -Key Peninsula School Bus Connects (KPSBC), $150,000
  • Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) - Road to Independence Van Program (RTI), $550,000
  • Sound Generations - Sustain the Hyde Shuttles: A Community-based Paratransit Service in King County, $1,769,658
  • Catholic Community Services of Snohomish County - Disabled Veterans Transportation, $41,650
  • Catholic Community Services of Western Washington - Pierce County Volunteer Transportation Services, $284,035
  • Hopelink - Mobility Management in King County, $618,174
  • King County Metro Transit - Sustain Community Shuttles for Seniors and People with Disabilities in King County, $537,506
  • Snohomish County Workforce Development Council - Snohomish County Transportation Coalition Mobility Management, $184,632
  • United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) -South Sound 2-1-1 Transportation Resource Center, $225,348
  • Homage Senior Services - Transportation Outreach, $45,077
  • Hopelink - Regional Emergency Management/Transportation for Vulnerable Populations Coordination, $83,556
  • Around the Sound - Pierce County Adult Day Health Express Vehicles, $994,660
  • Northshore Senior Center - Sustain Inter-County Special Needs Transportation, $110,935
  • Homage Senior Services - Pay Your Pal (PYP), $47,877
  • Kitsap Transit - Clean Bus Replacement Project, $2,168,000 (via Peninsula RTPO)

View full project descriptions here.

The policy board also heard an overview of PSRC’s special needs transportation work program, including planned improvements to data, analysis and visualization related to people with special transportation needs and their travel patterns.

You can watch the discussion at the meeting (starting at about 13:20), or view the presentation.