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Kitsap Transit ADA Compliance Review - May 13, 2009

Location: Bremerton, WA
Date of Final Review: May 13, 2009

Kitsap Transit - Stop Announcement/Route Identification Transmittal Letter

May 13, 2009

Mr. Richard Hayes
General Manager
Kitsap Transit
60 Washington Ave., Suite 200
Bremerton, WA 98337

Dear Mr. Hayes:

Thank you for your response to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) letter and preliminary report of findings of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Fixed Route Stop Announcement and Route Identification compliance review conducted at Kitsap Transit from April 21 to 24, 2008. Given that Kitsap Transit had no comments or corrections to the preliminary report, we now consider it to be a final report and have attached a copy so marked. As of the date of this letter the final report became a public document and is subject to dissemination under the Freedom of Information Act of 1974.

Enclosed with this letter is a progress table listing FTA’s understanding of the corrective actions either planned or taken by Kitsap Transit in response to the preliminary findings contained in the draft report. I would like to commend you for your proactive and thorough response to the preliminary findings and for your actions to date. If you feel that our summarization of corrective actions is inconsistent with your response, please inform us in writing as soon as possible.

As indicated in the attached table, we consider Kitsap Transit’s proposed corrective actions to be clear and appropriate. No requests for clarifications or changes are requested. We also consider corrective actions to be completed for eight of the 13 findings for which FTA requested a response. These findings are considered closed and this is indicated in the “Current Status” column of the attached table. For the remaining five findings, we request that Kitsap Transit provide updates in Quarterly Progress Reports. The first report will be due on July 15, 2009, and should include information and data for the months of January through May 2009, and any actions completed prior to that date that have not already been addressed. Additional reports will be due by October 15, 2009, January 15, 2009, and each calendar quarter thereafter until FTA releases Kitsap Transit from this reporting requirement. Please use the enclosed table as the format to report progress to FTA on the outstanding corrective actions.

Again, I commend you for the efforts that Kitsap Transit has already made to correct the deficiencies identified in the draft report, and we anticipate your continued endeavors to fully implement your proposed corrective actions. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance that you and your staff provided during this review. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact me or Susan Clark, at (202) 493‑0511 or via e-mail at susan.a.clark@dot.gov. It would also be very helpful to us if you would provide electronic copies of all correspondence to this office to Ms. Monica McCallum at FTA’s Region X Office, via email at monica.mccallum@dot.gov.

Sincerely,

Cheryl L. Hershey
Director
Office of Civil Rights

Enclosures

cc: Rick Krochalis, FTA Region X Administrator
Monica McCallum, FTA Region X Civil Rights Officer
David Chia, Planners Collaborative, Inc.
Russell Thatcher, TranSystems Corp.

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