STP Call for Projects Clarification

At the June MPO/RTPO Policy Board meeting, the Surface Transportation Program (STP) project selection criteria was approved. One nuance of the approval was that 10% of the total STP allocation will be set aside for non-roadway projects (trail, sidewalk, transit, programs, etc.). The non-roadway projects will be ranked separately from the roadway projects, the top non-roadway projects receiving funding until the set aside is exhausted. At that point, the non-roadway projects will be scored on equal terms with the roadway projects. In order to prevent a large project tying up more than 10% of the STP funds prior to any regular roadway projects being ranked, a cap has been placed on the non-roadway maximum request of 10% of the annual STP allocation multiplied by two.

Financial Details

  • Annual STP allocation: $1,526,547
  • Urban allocation: $997,771
  • Rural allocation: $466,127
  • “Flex” allocation: $62,649
  • Non-roadway project cap (annual allocation x 10% x 2): $305,310
  • Maximum cumulative request for urban agencies ((urban allocation + flex allocation) x 2): $2,120,840
  • Maximum cumulative request for rural agencies ((rural allocation + flex allocation) x 2): $1,057,552

Agencies may still submit multiple non-roadway project applications at the maximum request level, as long as their cumulative request does not exceed the urban/rural limit. For example, a rural agency can apply for three non-roadway projects totaling $915,930 but not four non-roadway projects totaling $1,221,240. They also may not request one non-roadway project that is larger than $305,310.

Completed STP Project Applications are due, in electronic format, to Gabe Philips on July 25.

Please contact Gabe Philips if you have any questions.

Special Needs Transportation Committee Created

The Skagit-Island Special Needs Transportation Committee has been created for 2014 by the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) Policy Board.  The committee is leading a planning process for the development of a coordinated public transit-human services transportation (HSTP) plan for the two-county region.  They will also assist with prioritizing special needs transportation projects around the region.

Member organizations that volunteered to serve on the committee and were approved by the SIRTPO Policy Board are:

  • Camano Center
  • Community Action
  • Island Transit
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Northwest Educational Services District #189
  • Northwest Regional Council
  • Opportunity Council
  • Skagit Transit
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Volunteers of America
  • Washington State Department of Transportation

The planning process is now underway and will conclude in December 2014 with plan adoption.  The committee will be meeting regularly throughout the planning process.

The first meeting of the committee will be July 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the SCOG offices.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.  Information on the current HSTP, including the plan itself, can be found here.

If you have any questions about the planning process or would like to get involved, contact Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net or (360) 416-7876.

Call for Projects Issued

On June 20, 2014, the Skagit Council of Governments issued a call for projects for Surface Transportation Program (STP) project funding.  This call for projects is a competitive selection process whereby jurisdictions submit applications for federal funds for transportation projects around Skagit County.

Projects applications submitted through the call for projects are evaluated based on adopted scoring criteria and measures.  At the June 18, 2014 the MPO-RTPO Policy Board approved the 2015-2020 STP Project Selection Criteria.  Through this competitive selection process, SCOG will be programming around $7,000,000 for the design and/or construction of transportation projects over the next 6 years.

In order to include the selected projects in the 2015 regional transportation improvement program (RTIP) several milestones must be met over the next few months.  The following are key milestones in the competitive selection process:

  • 7/25/14 – Project applications due to SCOG by 5:00 PM
  • 8/7/14 – Technical Advisory Committee makes project selection recommendation to MPO-RTPO Policy Board
  • 8/20/14 – MPO-RTPO Policy Board approves project selection
  • Mid-September 2014 – 2015 RTIP available for public review
  • Mid-October 2014 – Adoption of 2015 RTIP

For more information on this call for projects, please contact Gabe Philips at gabep@scog.net or (360) 716-6678.

Title VI Plan Adopted

The metropolitan planning organization board adopted the updated SCOG Title VI plan at their regular meeting on May 21, 2014.  The Title VI plan ensures that SCOG is not discriminating in any of the plans, programs, policies and activities of SCOG’s transportation program.

The plan includes a notice to the public, complaint procedures, special emphasis program areas – including programs for public participation, consultant contracts, Environmental Justice, language assistance, environmental studies, and education, training and data collection – as well as assurances that SCOG and its consultants are meeting Title VI requirements.

The Title VI Plan can be accessed via the SCOG nondiscrimination webpage.