Case Study: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

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ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY

Description

The Transportation Planning Board (TPB) of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments was awarded an FTA Job Access Challenge Grant to develop a stakeholder action plan. The plan was implemented to improve regional coordination of workforce development/access to job initiatives and to assist in the preparation of the FTA Job Access and Reverse Commute Grant application process led by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The Job Access Challenge Grant helped to support an "Access and Opportunity: Strengthening Workforce Development in the Washington Metropolitan Region Conference." Enabled the TPB and stakeholder organizations to discuss concerns pertaining to job access and transportation. The end result was an action plan and strategy session to address welfare-to-work transportation issues facing the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

The TPB developed an initial Job Access Transportation Plan in conjunction with the FTA Job Access and Reverse Commute Grant Application. The TPB has mainstreamed the Job Access Transportation Plan as a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) annual work element. In addition, the planning board established a Job Access Advisory Committee to oversee the staff preparation of the Job Access Plan Update.

This planning application and final report is available upon request:

David Robertson
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002-4239
Phone: (202) 962-3260
Fax: (202) 962-3204
E-mail: drobertson@mwcog.org
Website: http://www.mwcog.org

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