Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the recommended regional prioritization of human services transportation projects available for public comment.  The recommendation has been made by the Skagit Special Needs Transportation Committee (Committee), an ad hoc committee created by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board to advise them on this prioritization process.  Through the prioritization process, projects will be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Projects have been evaluated by Committee members using regional criteria and weights approved by the Transportation Policy Board.

The public comment period closes on December 5, 2016.  Action on the regional prioritization of projects is anticipated at the January 18, 2017 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before December 5 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

An electronic copy of the recommended regional prioritization can be downloaded from SCOG’s website.  Paper copies are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

Regional Call for Projects – Human Services Transportation Projects

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) will be prioritizing human services transportation projects for Skagit County and has released this Regional Call for Projects to seek projects for evaluation and prioritization at the regional level.  Projects submitted will be evaluated using these criteria and weights.

The end result of this process will be letter grades assigned to projects (A, B, C or D) by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board indicating the regional priority.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be submitted to SCOG for the regional process and separately to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the statewide process.  WSDOT will ultimately make the project funding decisions, factoring the regional prioritization process into which projects are selected for funding.  Funding is made available through the WSDOT Consolidated Grants Program, which includes funds from the Federal Transit Administration and State of Washington that can be used to implement eligible projects.

Please email Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process. Application materials are due to SCOG by October 27th.  Any application materials submitted after October 27th will not be accepted.  Submit application materials to markh@scog.net.

Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the proposed regional project evaluation process for human services transportation projects available for public comment.  Through the proposed process, projects would be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Regional criteria and weights to evaluate projects are included in the proposed evaluation process.

The public comment period closes on October 6, 2016.  Action on approval of an evaluation process is anticipated at the October 19, 2016 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before October 6 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

Paper copies of the proposed evaluation process are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the proposed evaluation process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

2015 Skagit-Island Special Needs Transportation Forum

The 2015 Skagit-Island Special Needs Transportation Forum will be held next week, on Wednesday, May 27th at SCOG’s offices.  This forum is the result of a planning process that SCOG led last year to develop a human services transportation plan for people with special transportation needs including the elderly, persons with disabilities and low-income persons in Skagit and Island counties.

A number of organizations have been invited to attend and the meeting is open to the public to attend as well.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net or (360) 416-7876 so the room can be setup with enough chairs for everyone.

A draft agenda for the event is located here.  The address for the event is 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  It begins at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 11:00 a.m.

Comment on the Skagit-Island Human Services Transportation Plan

The Skagit-Island Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) is available for public comment.  The HSTP is a regional coordinated plan that was developed through engaging persons with special transportation needs — including the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with low-income — and their service providers, through a regional planning process.  The 14-day public comment period on this document is from Wednesday, November 5th through Tuesday, November 18th.

If you would like a paper copy of the HSTP to review, they are available at SCOG offices at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

Final action on the HSTP is anticipated at the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization Policy Board meeting on December 3rd, in Coupeville.  A public comment period will be provided at the December 3rd meeting, and at meetings of the Skagit sub-RTPO (on November 19th) and Island sub-RTPO (on November 26th).  The HSTP will be an agenda item on all three meeting agendas.

If you would like more information on any of these meetings, have any questions or comments about the HSTP, or would like a paper copy — please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net.

Call for Projects – Regional Human Services Transportation Projects

An updated Call for Projects has been issued by SCOG for regional human services transportation projects.  This Call for Projects will inform a list of human services transportation projects that is prioritized every two years for Skagit and Island counties. Prioritized projects may be considered for funding by the Washington State Department of Transportation through their consolidated grant program for the 2015-2017 state biennium.  A final regional prioritized list of projects will be adopted by the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization Policy Board in December.

Project application materials for this Call for Projects will be accepted October 16th – 24th via email.  More information related to this process will be posted to SCOG’s website as it becomes available.

Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net for more information.

Call for Projects – Questions and Responses

Public Outreach Events for Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan Update

Throughout August and September, SCOG has conducted outreach for the update to the Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) for Skagit and Island counties. Public input from the events are in the following links:

SCOG will be developing a draft of the HSTP in October and a final document will be adopted in December. For more information on the project, contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net.  The project webpage is located here.