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Attachment 5 Paratransit Services Coordination, continued Indicate prior experience or involvement in regional coordinated transportation and human services planning, including indicating: Paratransit Services is a private nonprofit company based in Bremerton, Washington. We have been providing accessible transportation services for 31 years, and Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) brokerage services for 23 years, beginning with the brokerage demonstration pilot project we ran in Pierce County in 1988—giving us the honor of being the State’s original NEMT broker. We have continually made important contributions to the development of the State of Washington NEMT program, and now serve as broker for nine counties in Western Washington. In addition to our NEMT activities, we coordinate and leverage resources to ensure the state has a robust and competitive transportation provider network to serve NEMT needs. WSDOT awards a variety of grants to transit systems, non-profits and other community transportation organizations to assist in providing transportation. Paratransit Services has partnered with some of these organizations to leverage the limited transportation resources. For example, In Pierce County we partner with Pierce Transit and Pierce County Community Services to provide transportation to clients who live outside of the transit service area to the nearest park and ride so they can connect to the transit system. In other areas we have been able to utilize the brokerage infrastructure to coordinate with other local services to serve more clients at a reduced per-trip cost. Listed below are some of our coordination partners: Snohomish County • Stillaguamish Tribe • Everett Transit • Community Transit • Volunteers of America • Snotrac – Snohomish County Special Needs Transportation Coalition • McKinney-Vento Homeless Transportation for school districts in the county Pierce County • Mustard Seed Project • TACID • Beyond the Borders • Greyhound Lines • Work First • Pierce Transit • Orting Soldiers Home • American Lake Veterans Hospital • Pierce County Emergency Preparedness • Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care • PCCTC/LCC – Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition • McKinney-Vento Homeless Transportation for school districts in the county Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, North Mason Counties • Kitsap Coalition • Dungeness Line • Kitsap Steering Committee • Mason Transit • Kitsap Transit • Jefferson Transit • Retsil Veterans Home • Clallam Transit • Makah Tribe • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe • Lower Elwah Tribe • Clallam County Emergency Preparedness • Mason County Emergency Preparedness • Kitsap Continuum of Care (Homeless) • Kitsap Information and Referral Network • Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization South Mason, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific Counties • Mason Coalition • Rural Transportation • TOGETHER! • Pacific Transit • Twin Transit • Mason Transit • Squaxin Island Tribe • Intercity Transit • Grays Harbor Transit • United Way Community Coalition • Thurston Regional Planning Council • Coastal Community Action Program Puget Sound Area • Puget Sound Regional Council • Sound Transit Statewide • Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation (ACCT) • Community Transportation Association – NW (CTA-NW) • WSDOT Federal Opportunities Workgroup National • Community Transportation Association of America When was the most recent coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (‘‘coordinated plan’’) developed? Washington States coordinated transportation plans were updated in 2010. Have the applicant and any proposed subrecipients previously been involved in developing their community’s coordinated plan? Yes, Paratransit Services has been involved with several transportation and veterans coalitions and groups to develop our community’s coordinated plan (see our response to 1.c.v and 2.c, above). Has the community taken steps prior to the VTCLI to address the mobility needs of local veterans and military families? As indicated in our response to “Planning and Prioritization at the Local/Regional Level,” Paratransit Services has participated in meetings with the State of Washington, veterans groups, and other social services agencies to explore ways to address the transportation needs of veterans. As the largest NEMT transportation broker in Western Washington, Paratransit Services is uniquely positioned to serve as the central point of contact in a coordinated solution to addressing the transportation needs of Western Washington veterans. Have veterans/military family needs previously been addressed in the coordinated plan? Yes. Partners and outreach, continued • Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation Listening Post on Veterans Transportation, October 18, 2010. In addition to Paratransit Services, this session was attended by representatives from WSDOT, Community Transportation Association of America, FTA Program Management, United We Ride, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Defense, and the Southwest Local Coordinating Coalition. While there were a variety of presentations, Paratransit Service’s presentation received the most attention and generated the lengthiest discussion. The federal agency representatives favored our project more than any other. Doug Birnie from United We Ride requested to be kept informed of our progress and viewed the project as a potential best practice. Paratransit Services proposed two projects: The first project proposes to allow Veterans to share DSHS trips in rural areas for a set fare (rather than a seat share mile cost). Eventually, if Centers the Medicaid and Medicare approve the fare model, we envision turning DSHS subscription trips into community shuttles. The second project explored the idea of the Veterans utilizing the NEMT Brokerage system for mobility management. As noted in the previous section, VTS has incorporated some of the brokerage concepts into their current approach. • WA State VA Meetings – various dates in 2010. Paratransit Services staff teleconferenced with Washington State Director of Veteran’s Affairs, John Lee, and met on several occasions with Deputy Director Alfie Alvarado-Ramos to discuss our progress to date and to ask for technical assistance and input as we move forward with project ideas to improve transportation services for veterans.
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