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Public input sought on transportation plan

 

Last updated 12/1/2020 at 12:24pm

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Washington DOT says personal stories are sought to develop plans for transportation.

The Washington Department of Transportation is asking for input on service levels on its Human Services Transportation Plan.

The plan helps people with mobility challenges offering tools such as ramps and lifts to board transit, and also transit vans that pick people up from their homes, the DOT states on their website.

The DOT says disability, low income and other factors impact transportation challenges. People rely on transportation to get to medical appointments, work, school and shopping. Gaps in transportation can lead to poor health, lower wages, isolation and overall quality of life, the DOT states.

Unmet needs for users and potential users of human services transportation include areas with limited or no access to public transportation. More detail on the unmet needs in Washington state are here: https://bit.ly/3oflRmO.

The emerging trends section of the report addresses the resources made more widely available by COVID-19. The plan addresses the addition of remote medical visits that are making transportation less imperative for some populations. It also mentions medication delivery services and in-home dialysis kits that allow "to access non emergency health care without relying on human services transportation."

A second trend mentioned is the smartphone that make it "easier to access human services transportation programs and technology resources."

WSDOT says every day, statewide, people rely on human-services transportation as their sole source of access to jobs, medical appointments, and other trips. The agency is asking for personal experiences about access to mobility that will help determine future investments in communities across the state. The experiential information is intended as data to help in future planning.

Collection of that input started yesterday and continues through Dec. 22. The plan is here: https://bit.ly/2Vkuz6E. The agency partners with other agencies to develop the plan. Partners include human service agencies, transportation providers and planning organizations, Washington tribes, and the public.

 

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