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Coordinated Public Transit

Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP)

for the Yakima County Region

The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan is locally developed by the Mobilizing Public Access to Countywide Transportation (MPACT) committee in an effort to:

  1. Obtain input representing public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public

  2. Identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, veterans, youth, and people with low-incomes.

  3. Assess the existing transportation resources, needs and service gaps of Yakima County, Washington

  4. Provide strategies for meeting identified local needs

  5. Prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation

  6. Maximize the utilization of resources while minimizing duplication of services

  7. Ensure compliance with Federal transportation laws.


The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments is the lead agency for the region’s Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (MPO/RTPO). The policy making body for the MPO/RTPO is the Transportation Policy Board which meets once a month to accomplish federal and state transportation tasking. The Transportation Policy Board receives transportation-related information from two committees in order to make informed decisions. One of the committees is the Mobilizing Public Access to Countywide Transportation (MPACT) committee.


The MPACT committee identifies and addresses transportation barriers for the special needs community with community service providers; thereby allowing the special needs community to access services, employment opportunities and daily activities. This committee provides the framework for development of the HSTP every four years and reviews the Plan on even years between HSTP updates.


Although WSDOT chooses which projects receive funding through the Consolidated Grant cycle, YVCOG’s MPACT committee evaluates the projects in this region and recommends ranking to the Transportation Policy Board according to the most current regional priorities of our greater community. In fact, all local projects must be regionally evaluated and ranked through YVCOG’s Transportation Policy Board to be considered in the statewide competition.

 
In preparation for the 2017-2019 WSDOT Consolidated Grant cycle, MPACT reviewed the 2014 HSTP and revised some of the wording in one section to provide clarity and consistency between the Plan and the form used to rank projects in our region. On September 19, 2016 the Transportation Policy Board approved the 2014 HSTP changes (Amendment) and initiated the process for gathering projects for evaluation.


If you are a local organization or agency and wish to submit projects to the WSDOT Consolidated Grant cycle, please note the timeline below for proper submission of your project to YVCOG and WSDOT


                               MPACT

                                Proposed 2016 CONSOLIDATED GRANT SCHEDULE

Date

Milestone

Approx. 8/22

WSDOT Consolidated Grant Applications Available

8/24

MPACT Meeting (9:00 at YVCOG)

9/19-9/21

WSDOT Public Transportation Conference - Grant Application Training

9/24-10/3

Central WA State Fair – MPACT Booth Public Involvement

10/14

Grant Applications Due at WSDOT

10/14

Summary Applications Due at YVCOG

11/2

MPACT Ranking Meeting

11/21

MPACT Ranking Presented to YVCOG Policy Board

April 2017

Grant Awards Issued

 


RELATED DOCUMENTS:

  1. the 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) for the Yakima County Region

  2. 2016 Approved HSTP Amendment

  3. public notification in English or Spanish

  4. Proposed Project Summary form

  5. 2017-2019 WSDOT Consolidated Grant application and Instructions

 

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Last modified: 06/29/16