Developing a Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) has been required since the 2005 federal transportation act, SAFETEA-LU. The HSTP helps regions to identify transportation needs and develop solutions to improve access for seniors, youth, people with disabilities, people with lower incomes, limited English speakers, and those without access to a private vehicle. In 2014, SCOG staff led the update of a Skagit-Island County Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP, Plan). Since that time, SCOG has restructured and now plans for transportation and growth in the Skagit region. The most current Plan, which identifies needs and solutions in the Skagit region, was adopted by the Transportation Policy Board on December 19, 2018. SCOG is currently in the process of updating the Plan with an anticipated completion date of December 1, 2022. The online open house for the Plan update can be found at https://www.skagithstp.com.
Funding and Implementing HSTP Solutions
Development of an HSTP allows regional partners to become eligible for state and federal funding through the competitive WSDOT Consolidated Grant Program. Applicants for Consolidated Grant funding must participate in the regional HSTP planning process.
SCOG, as the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the Skagit region, coordinates stakeholders and partners in identifying and prioritizing transportation improvement projects for funding consideration. In the 2018 CPT-HSTP update, an ad-hoc Special Needs Transportation Committee, made up of community stakeholders, developed the Plan and ranking criteria and assigned project rankings. Committee members included representatives from public transit agencies, social service providers, local tribes, non-profit organizations, and WSDOT. Public outreach efforts conducted for the Plan included print and electronic community surveys, phone and in-person interviews, and a stakeholder workshop. Project rankings were approved by the TPB alongside adoption of the final Plan.