Request for Quotes

Studies have found ozone levels in the Tri-Cities that sometimes exceed federal standards. Ozone is an air pollutant that can lead to or exacerbate health problems. If these levels continue at the current rate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may designate the region as being in non-attainment in the future. This designation could force additional requirements on local industries, motorists, and potentially impair economic development in the region.

Our agency is currently seeking a qualified public relations firm to create and lead a marketing campaign in effort to generate awareness and educate our community about air quality, the impacts poor air quality has on our community and simple steps our community can take to reduce ozone. For full details on the current request for quotes and to learn more about the Outreach and Education Campaign Concerning Air Quality visit the Public Notices section of our website or contact our office at (509) 943-9185

Human Services Transportation Plan Survey

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is conducting a survey to learn about transportation needs of our community members. To better understand citizens’ use of, and attitudes towards, public transportation we have placed surveys in English and Spanish on Survey Monkey.

Your answers will inform the 2018 Human Services Transportation Plan currently under development. Please click the link below and complete the survey. With your help, we will further develop a connected and accessible public transportation network that serves all community members.

A link to the survey is here:

If you have any questions, please contact Len Pavelka at or 509-943-9185


Human Services Public Transportation Workshop


The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, in cooperation with People for People, the Arc of Tri-Cities, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Ben Franklin Transit is developing the 2018 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP).

You are invited to attend a workshop to provide information for the HSTP to be held on Friday, July 13 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at Ben Franklin Transit, 1000 Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
A goal of the workshop is to gather views and experiences of transportation service providers and their clients to ensure their perspectives are represented in the final report. Attendees will be encouraged to recognize and talk about gaps or unmet needs in the client transportation system. A following discussion will identify potential strategies and solutions to address those needs.

If you have any questions concerning the HSTP or the workshop, please feel free to contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or