King County Mobility Coalition

Charter

I. Vision

A coordinated transportation network that allows all people to move freely around King County and the Puget Sound region.

II. Purpose

The purpose of the King County Mobility Coalition is to inform the planning of special needs transportation services in King County and develop strategies, tools, and projects to improve mobility for people with limited transportation options due to age, income, disability, limited English proficiency or other limiting factor. The Coalition brings together individuals and organizations to share information; assess the needs of the local community and current transportation network; provide recommendations to improve the system; and educate decision-makers, community groups, and the general public.

III. Goals and Strategies

The Goals of the Coalition include the following:

  1. Broad based community representation and participation on the Coalition
  2. Transparency and open communication between system providers, funders and users
  3. Enhanced mobility for the entire community
  4. Coordination, efficiency and availability of transportation services that meet the specific needs of people who are transportation disadvantaged.

The Coalition's goals are achieved through the following strategies:

  1. Creating and maintaining a Coalition work plan
  2. Forming subcommittees and workgroups to implement the work plan
  3. Collaborating with other coalitions such as Snohomish County Transportation Coalition, Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition, and subregional coalitions representing subregional geographies within King County
  4. Meeting together as a Coalition at least quarterly
  5. Advising the Puget Sound Regional Council Special Needs Transportation Committee on updates to the Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, on Special Needs Transportation funding decisions, and on filling member and chair vacancies on the Special Needs Transportation Committee.

IV. Sponsorship

The role of Coalition sponsors is to approve the Coalition's charter, endorse the Coalition work plan, and support the Coalition through funding or resource allocation. Sponsorships representing transportation providers, local government, and human services agencies will be sought and sponsorships will be renewed at least every two years. A current list of Coalition sponsors will be maintained by Coalition staff or a member designated by the Coalition.

V. Coalition Co-Chairs

The members of the Coalition will designate two members to be co-chairs for the Coalition. Each co-chair will serve a two-year office term. A co-chair may be elected for additional terms.

VI. Coalition Members and Alternates

The Coalition is composed of members and alternates representing a broad array of interests including special needs transportation service providers, clients, and funders from government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors and is structured to ensure geographic diversity in representation. The composition, by affiliation, of the Coalition members is set forth in Figure A-1. The composition of the Coalition may be changed with a majority vote of the membership.

VII. Nomination of Coalition Co-chairs and Coalition Members

Nomination of Coalition Co-chairs:

A Coalition co-chair is nominated by Coalition members annually. Nominations will take place before the first meeting of the calendar year and elections will take place during the first meeting of the calendar year or through alternative means, such as a web-based survey of members. Each Coalition member will cast one vote for the candidate of their choice. Alternates do not vote unless they are voting on behalf of their affiliation's Coalition member. A ballot count will take place and the member with the majority of votes will be the new co-chair. Co-chair terms are staggered so that one new co-chair is selected each year.

Nomination of Coalition Members:

New Coalition members may be nominated any time a seat is vacant. To be considered as a candidate the individual must be affiliated with the constituency that is currently vacant. Any current member for the Coalition may bring perspective candidate name(s) along with the candidate's qualifications to the Coalition. Candidates will be accepted or rejected by consensus of the Coalition at a regular Coalition meeting.

VIII. Coalition Meetings

A Coalition meeting generally will be held at least quarterly. Coalition co-chairs may call additional meetings as necessary.

Meeting minutes will be taken by a staff person or other member of the Coalition designated by the co-chairs. Minutes will be approved by the Coalition at a meeting following the meeting from which the minutes were taken and published on the Coalition web page.

IX. Decision Making Process

The Coalition adheres to a consensus decision making model for all decisions except co-chair elections and charter amendments. Majority vote for elections, both for face-to-face meetings and for email or phone meetings will be defined as 50 percent plus one of the representatives participating in the vote, with the act of the present participating majority of members considered the act of the Coalition.

X. Committees and Subregional Coalitions

Committees, subcommittees, and workgroups may be established as needed in order to support the vision and goals of the Coalition. Committees provide opportunities for Coalition members, alternates, and other interested parties to contribute to the work of the Coalition by assessing specific transportation needs and overseeing projects, planning tasks, or other activities.

Participation in committees is open to all Coalition members, alternates and interested parties. In order to be officially sanctioned, a committee must be approved by the Coalition and a report on the committee's activities must be provided to the Coalition at least quarterly or as often as the committee meets. Committees self determine their meeting frequency and work plans.

Coalitions representing geographic subregions of the County and sharing the vision and goals of the King County Mobility Coalition, to the extent that they are active, will be provided time at Coalition meetings to report on their activities. Further collaboration between the Coalition and subregional coalitions is at the discretion of both.

XI. Staff Support

The Coalition will seek grants through a member organization for funding a mobility manager who will provide staff support for the Coalition. A co-chair or a Coalition member will generally be expected to serve as a member of the hiring panel interviewing mobility manager candidates. The grantee organization will provide supervision of the mobility manager, with assistance and additional oversight provided by the Coalition co-chairs.

Staff support may also be provided by the Coalition members or their organizations under the discretion of the co-chairs.

XII. Amendments and Modifications

The Coalition reserves the right to amend or modify the charter by a simple majority vote of current members.

Additional policy guidelines or operating procedures that do not contradict the Coalition charter and do not require its amendment or modification may be adopted as policy addenda provided that they are reviewed by the co-chairs and approved through the consensus of the Coalition.

Figure A-1. Composition of Coalition

Figure A-1. Composition of Coalition