OLYMPIA – Across the state, federal grant programs make transportation more accessible for low income, disabled, elderly and rural citizens. In order to ensure continued federal support for these services, the state must adhere to its part of the deal: administering the grant programs according to Federal Transit Administration guidelines. And now, the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking for your input in the process.
Early next year, WSDOT will host two meetings and invite the public to comment on amendments to the State Management Plan, which outlines the state’s administrative responsibilities for the grant programs. Anyone interested in how WSDOT selects projects and monitors grantees is encouraged to attend and weigh in on these updates. The two meetings are scheduled for mid-January 2012:
Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. in Wenatchee (WSDOT North Central Region building, 2830 Euclid Ave, Building B).
Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in Olympia (WSDOT Headquarters, 310 Maple Park Ave, Shaman Conference Room).
Not able to attend a meeting? Submit your comments via email or by phone at 360-705-7926. The draft update will be available online after December 14. All public comments must be received by February 15, 2012.
After considering any comments and making appropriate changes—and once the FTA approves them—WSDOT will post the final document online.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations or other reasonable accommodations by contacting the event sponsor, Linda Howell, at 360-705-7926, no less than two weeks from the date of the meetings listed above. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.
Hyperlinks within the news release:
· State Management Plan http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/790F2D8D-7808-4E30-A07F-5DEE2C33D9A3/0/FINALSMP2010.pdf
· WSDOT Public Transportation site www.wsdot.wa.gov/transit
· Linda Howell email firstname.lastname@example.org