The Grays Harbor Transit Authority is inviting everyone to their first “Rider Appreciation Day” at the Aberdeen Transit Station from 6:00 a.m. to noon on August 13th. Staff will be handing out refreshments and information to riders.Grays Harbor Transit rider appreciation day 2014
More than $5.2 million in newly awarded federal grants for new buses and facility improvements means service improvements are coming to 18 public transportation providers in Washington.
The Washington State Department of Transportation this week announced the Federal Transit Administration grant recipients, each of which will use the funds to purchase or refurbish buses, equipment or transit facilities. The grants leverage $3.5 million in local matching funds from local transit agencies, a testament to WSDOT’s ongoing partnerships with public transportation providers.
Some of the grant recipients (full list below) include:
- Community Transit in Snohomish County, which will use a $1.7 million grant to help replace two of its signature double-deckers.
- Island Transit, which will replace five buses with its grant award of more than $677,570.
- Valley Transit in Walla Walla, which will replace two of its buses with new ones fueled by compressed natural gas.
WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division administers annual and biennial state and federal grant awards for transit agencies and other service providers across the state. But this was WSDOT’s first opportunity to award grant funding from FTA’s new Bus and Bus Facilities Program – Section 5339 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century – MAP-21 – Act.
The federal program divided $65.5 among the 50 states, with a requirement of 20 percent local matching funds. WSDOT selected the grant recipients based on the federal program guidelines that recipients are public agencies or private nonprofit organizations that provide fixed-route bus service and special transportation services for people whose options are limited due to their age, income or disability.
MAP-21 Bus and Bus Facilities Program grants awarded in Washington
Small Urban Grant Awards
|Community Transit||$1.37 million||Replace 2 double-decker buses|
|Intercity Transit||$400,000||Replace fuel storage tanks|
|Kitsap Transit||$308,899||Refurbish facility roof and heating/AC|
|Kitsap Transit||$208,874||Replace 3 vehicle lifts|
|Link||$115,873||Passenger shelters, seating, bike amenities|
|Skagit Transit||$191,502||2 additional light-duty buses|
|Valley Transit||$112,000||Replace 2 compressed natural gas-fueled buses|
|Yakima Transit||$400,000||Replace 3 buses for city service|
Rural Grant Awards
|HopeSource||$108,800||Replace 2 medium-duty buses|
|Island Transit||$677,570||Replace 5 buses|
|Garfield County Transportation||$48,000||Replace 1 medium-duty bus|
|Grant Transit||$72,000||1 light-duty bus|
|Grays Harbor Transit||$384,000||1 (35-foot) coach, 1 medium-duty bus|
|Mason Transit||$178,680||Refurbish facility roof|
|Okanogan County Transit Authority||$390,402||3 light-duty buses|
|Pullman Transit||$264,000||2 (40-foot) hybrid-electric buses|
|Skamania County Senior Services||$10,400||Refurbish reserve bus|
|Spokane Tribe of Indians||$59,136||Replace 1 medium-duty bus|
|Twin Transit||$297,840||Replace 2 medium-duty buses|
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Big changes on the bus take effect next Monday, and this is the last weekend of service from Grays Harbor Transit. Effective September 2nd, the main line is eliminating weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.
General Manager Mark Carlin told the Transit Authority last month that the cuts will correct an $800-thousand budget deficit “We just feel that eliminating weekends will affect the least amount of customers.”
The transit will as the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot. Carlin says if it passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit will be cutting weekend service, and asking the public for a .01% sales tax increase to correct an $800-thousand budget deficit. “The option entails laying off 8 employees.” General Manager Mark Carlin told the Transit Authority at a special meeting last night, the option uprights an $80-thousand monthly deficit when the changes go into effect September third. “We just feel that eliminating weekends will affect the least amount of customers.
Four full time runs will be removed, as well as service to Centralia and eight hours of SVS service Monday through Friday. Employees include six drivers, one maintenance person and one part time customer service person.
The Authority last night also adopted a resolution that places a request on the November countywide ballot, asking for a .01% sales tax increase. Carlin says if it passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.
The Grays Harbor Transit Authority discussed security measures this week. Board member, and County Commissioner Mike Wilson said “Rick Scott [had a vendor] show him how their program works. So they took him to one of the malls and said ‘pick a car out, out there’ so Scott said he picked a car way off in the distance and they were able to zoom all the way in to the license plate.”
Commissioner Terry Willis said the county has seen quotes averaging $3,000 per camera, depending on features.
Cosmopolis just turned on the new security camera in their municipal court, and will have a bailif beginning today. Mayor Vickie Raines tells us cameras are at the Cosi court and police station, and have been ordered for city hall, Mill Creek and Lions Club Park.
Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said his staff has been meeting frequently to determine their security needs.
Hoquiam demonstrated their new camera system to council on Monday night in the Municipal court. Mayor Durney said the city has 8 or 9 cameras throughout the city, and hopes to replace the system at their police station soon.