Human Services Transportation Planning
In 2006, the Washington State Department of Transportation directed WCOG and the state’s other Regional Transportation Planning Organizations to convene stakeholder groups comprising local human services agencies, schools, transportation providers and others to develop consolidated human services transportation plans to ensure that the mobility needs of people who do not drive due to age, income or disability reasons, are being met. In Whatcom County, this is known as the Employment Access and Coordinated Human-services (EACH) Plan.
The EACH planning process was reviewed and refined by WCOG’s Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Group and the Transportation Technical Advisory Group. This process results in a prioritized list of project proposals within Whatcom County based on the rankings of the EACH Stakeholder Group. Project proposals included on the list become eligible for consideration for state and federal public transportation grant funding.
The 2014 EACH Plan was approved by the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board in October 2014 and amended in October 2016.
The following three project proposals from that plan were funded by WSDOT for the 2015-2017 biennium:
- Lummi Nation Transit Operation: Sustains route-deviated service for the general public and special needs populations on the Lummi Tribal Reservation.
- Lummi Nation Bus Shelters: Provides new bus stop signs, shelters and other equipment.
- Whatcom Council of Governments Mobility Management: Provides travel training, bus pass distribution and educational activities for seniors and youth.
For more information on WCOG’s EACH Plan or human services transportation planning, please contact Mary Anderson, AICP at mary@WCOG.org or (360) 685-8388.