The Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation (ACCT) is a council of state agencies, transportation providers, consumer advocates and legislators with the mission to:
Why ACCT was created
- Promote the coordination of special needs transportation
- Provide a forum for discussing issues and initiating change
- Provide oversight and direction to the state's coordination agenda
- Report to the Legislature and propose legislative remedies
The Legislature found that transportation systems for persons with specials needs were not operated as efficiently as possible. Often people cannot access needed services because of transportation barriers. A structure was needed that could communicate across organizational boundaries and facilitate coordinated special needs transportation systems through collaborative state and community processes. To accomplish this, the Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation was created in the 1998 legislative session.
People with special transportation needs
People with special transportation needs are defined in RCW 81.66 as people "including their personal attendants, who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age are unable to transport themselves or purchase transportation.
ACCT Council members
Fourteen voting members sit on the ACCT Council. They include four state agency representatives and 10 governor-appointed members who serve two-year terms.
- Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designer
- Secretary of the Department of Transportation or a designee
- Secretary of Health Care Authority or a designee
- Representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Representative from the Office of the Governor
- Consumer of special needs transportation appointed by the Governors Committee on Disability Issues and Employment
- Consumer of special needs transportation appointed by the Developmental Disabilities Council
- At-large consumer of special needs transportation
- Representative from the Washington Association of Pupil transportation
- Representative from the Washington State Transit Association
- Representative from either the Community Transportation Association of the Northwest or the Community Action Council Association
- Representative from Regional Transportation Planning Organizations/Metropolitan Planning Organizations
- Representative of non-emergency medical transportation brokers
- Representative from the Washington State Association of Counties
The ACCT Council also consists of four non-voting legislative members. The legislators bring in a unique perspective of the legal framework around transportation planning to the discussion. The legislators are also in a strong position to influence law making to reduce barriers to coordinated transportation.