The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) led the update to the coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (HSTP) for Skagit and Island counties in 2014. The HSTP is a plan that identifies transportation needs of seniors, persons with disabilities and persons with low incomes; provides strategies and activities to address those needs; and prioritizes regional projects for funding and implementation.
A planning process was designed for the HSTP update that included regular participation by an 11-member committee representing special needs populations across the region. This committee included representatives from transit agencies, public school transportation services, Indian tribes, private non-profits, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Public outreach for the HSTP update included gathering input at several annual events that target special needs populations, ride-along surveys with paratransit riders, focus group meetings and paper-electronic surveys of regional transportation needs.
The HSTP was approved in December 2014 by the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization Policy Board.