Our office serves as the
Planning Organization (RTPO) for the jurisdictions within Benton
& Franklin counties in southeastern Washington State, with Walla
Walla County being a sub-RTPO. We
also serve as the
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the
Tri-Cities area. The
Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our
office. Tasks included in the UPWP are the result
of issues identified by the ongoing Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area
Transportation Study (Tri-MATS). Tri-MATS is comprised of two
working committees, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the
Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), which hold
meetings the first and second
Thursday of each month. Details about some of our work
be found below. For further
information, please contact the Transportation Programs Office.
Transportation Program (STP) & Transportation Alternatives
Program (TAP) Project Application
Regional jurisdictions applying for federal funding through the
Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Transportation
Alternatives Program (TAP) will present project proposals on
Thursday, December 4, 2014
at the Ben Franklin Transit Administration Building, 1000 Columbia
Park Trail in Richland. Presentations begin promptly at 8:30 am and
will continue throughout most of the day. A full listing of proposed
projects can be found below. Written comments can be
submitted at the public meeting or emailed to
or mailed to Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, 1622 Terminal
Drive, Richland, WA. 99354.
Comments must be
submitted by 4:00 pm Thursday, December 11, 2014.
Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation
Federal law requires a Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP)
every four years. The 2014
Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan for
Benton and Franklin Counties fulfills the mandate for a Plan
that defines how
Benton and Franklin Counties may best meet federal expectations of a
coordinated, cost-effective and efficient transportation system for
the transportation disadvantaged in the two-county area.
Limited English Proficiency, minority, and low income populations
were reached in our
commitment to Title VI compliance.
The Plan was adopted by the BFCG Board at their December 19th
For more information
regarding the Coordinated Public Transit Human Service
Transportation Plan, contact Len Pavelka at
2011 - 2032 Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan (RTP/MTP) replaces
the 2006-2025 version of the plan, after undergoing an extensive
update throughout 2010-2011. The document was revised (Spring,
2012) to extend the planning period an additional two years and
address concerns with financial constraint. This twenty-two year
planning document identifies regional transportation issues, goals
and policies related to transportation planning, deficiency analysis
for both the MPO and RTPO, and a
financial plan to alleviate anticipated deficiencies.
This combined urban/rural
document eliminates duplication; provides a comprehensive vision for
the entire region; and meets both the state planning requirements of
the Growth Management Act (GMA) and the federal requirements of the
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A
Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The plan
can be viewed by accessing the
***BFCG 2014 Call for
Projects: Surface Transportation Program (STP) for FFY 2018 &
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for FFY 2015-2016***
BFCG is releasing a call for projects for the STP and TAP programs.
BFCG anticipates awarding $3,390,978 in STP funding and $596,770 for
the TAP program. The final amounts for the call are subject to
change based on actual annual allocations of funds to the BFCG.
application(s) and return electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver to the BFCG office at 1622 Terminal Drive, Richland, WA
The deadline to submit project
applications is Wednesday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Project applications MUST include a vicinity map.
2013 Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area Congestion Management Process
Federal law requires development of a Congestion Management Process
(CMP) in a Transportation Management Area (TMA). The
Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area became a TMA in 2012 with the release
of 2010 Census data showing the Metropolitan Area had a population
exceeding 200,000, which
triggered the federal TMA designation.
The 2013 Tri-Cities
Metropolitan Area Congestion Management Process was formally adopted
by the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Board at their meeting
of December 20th, 2014.
If you have any questions concerning the CMP development process
please contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or email@example.com.
Regional and Metropolitan Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP)
Each year, jurisdictions across the state complete their six-year
Transportation Improvement Program, or "TIP". Collectively,
the projects with secured federal funding and/or projects deemed
Regionally Significant by BFCG make up the Regional
portion of the State Transportation Improvement Program, or
"STIP". This program gives the
jurisdictions the opportunity to review their project lists and
adjust their plans, as necessary. Selected projects are those
which the jurisdiction has funding to complete. Planning
projects are those which are yet to be funded. For information
about the TIP for our member agencies, contact Tanna at the Transportation
Programs Office or the agency directly.
Transportation Improvement Program
The MPO/RTPO 2015-2020 is
available by clicking on the links below:
Amendments to the TIP can be made throughout the calendar year by
submitting a written request to BFCG transportation staff.
Amendments to the TIP may include adding a new project, deleting a
project, adding a new phase, increasing federal funds, changing
funding from non-federal to federal, or major scope change. Once
BFCG transportation staff receives a written request the amendment
request will be reviewed for consistency with the M/RTP and state
and Federal Regulations.
Staff ensures the amendment is placed on the Technical and Policy
(TAC/PAC) agendas. These committees meet
monthly and forward recommendations to the BFCG Board for approval.
The Board action is forwarded to the appropriate state and federal
agencies for review and approval. Amendments take approximately
forty-five to sixty days.
Board/WSDOT/FHWA/FTA approval, the amendment will be included in the
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). All amendments
are contingent on approval at the local agency level prior to being
included in the STIP.
For more details regarding TIP administration see link below:
Please contact Tanna Dole at the BFCG Transportation Programs
Office with any questions or to request a printed copy.
Periodically, amendments to the TIP may alter, add, or delete
projects within the TIP. If you have questions with any
specific project, you can contact the BFCG Transportation Programs
Office or the local agency directly.
Washington State Department of Transportation maintains a database dedicated to the
secured projects within all statewide TIPs. Information about
projects can be obtained by accessing this site:
The Tri-MATS Annual Report is available by accessing the
Tri-City Urbanized Area
- Designation as a new Transportation Management Area
In March of 2012, the US Census Bureau released their population
numbers for Urbanized Areas confirming that the Tri-City
Metropolitan Area has surpassed the 200k population threshold.
Areas above 200k in population are designated Transportation
Management Areas (TMAs) and enjoy certain benefits and incur
additional planning requirements beyond smaller MPOs. This TMA.
designation became official with the release of the July 18, 2012
Federal Register in which the Kennewick-Pasco, WA Urbanized Area was
shown to have a 2010 population of 210,975.
2013 Social and Economic Data
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland Metropolitan Area Social and Economic Data
Book presents characteristics of age, income, and race/ethnicity
focusing primarily upon the metropolitan area, but does also include
data for all of Benton and Franklin Counties. The Data Book
contains information from both the decennial census and the
metropolitan Travel Demand Model. For more information about
the document, please contact Len Pavelka of the Transportation
Programs Office. :
2014 SOV/HOV Windshield Survey
During May, the BFCG Transportation Programs office coordinated a
windshield survey to tally the percentages of Single Occupancy
Vehicles (SOV) vs. High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) at key locations
throughout the Tri-City Metropolitan Area and Hanford Site.
Surveys were completed at twenty-three locations spread across the urban
area, with vanpool totals and the Hanford Commute being points of
For the results of the 2014 SOV/HOV Survey,
please click here to access the summary report.
Commute Alternatives Feasibility Study
In response to
Presidential Executive Order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at federal
facilities, DOE completed and released a study focused on
identifying appropriate commute alternatives for Hanford Site
workers aimed at reducing GHG emissions. A slide presentation summarizing the study effort/findings are
available by accessing the link below:
The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) Transportation
Programs Office coordinated a study evaluating the future need
and optimal location for a future Columbia River bridge crossing.
Local cities, counties, ports, TRIDEC, ASCE, and Ben Franklin
Transit were partners in the study, lead by a steering committee
consisting of local officials. An Executive Summary and Final
Alternatives Map are available by accessing the links below.
Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Plan for Benton,
Franklin and Walla Walla Counties
Adopted in 2010,
The 2010 Regional Bicycle and
Pedestrian Planfulfills federal
requirements (23 CFR 450) that a metropolitan transportation plan
contain a bicycle and pedestrian component as well as addresses
state direction (RCW 36.70A) that regional transportation plans
encourage efficient multimodal transportation systems that are based
on regional priorities and coordinated with county and city
Major Employers Report
2010 Major Employers
Report details major employers within Benton,
Franklin and Walla Walla Counties. The list includes private
and public sector employers � from orchards to Hanford contractors
and school districts to the Post Office. The criterion for inclusion
in the list was that a business/agency/entity have 100 or more full
time employees, including those with a total of 100 or more shift
workers, and entities with a substantial number of seasonal
employees. The final result is a list of around 140
significant employers for the three-county area.
Our office maintains an inventory of all
traffic counts collected in the RTPO. County spreadsheets date back
to 1997, and are updated as data becomes available
(Updated: February, 2014). WSDOT Permanent Traffic Recorder (PTR)
locations are summarized by rural and urban locations.
We also collect traffic counts for the smaller jurisdictions
throughout the RTPO, as they are needed. For more information
about the Traffic Count Program, please contact our office.
The Transportation Programs Office maintains an extensive
inventory of maps for our region. Maps are used for
informational presentations and also appear in a variety of planning
documents. The maps provided here are letter sized and can be
viewed/printed with an Adobe Acrobat viewer. Designations and boundaries found within these maps are
accurate - to the best of agency knowledge - as of our most frequent
Regional Transportation Plan adoption (Spring, 2012).
However, designations and boundaries change frequently - for
verification of a designation or boundary, please contact the Transportation Programs Office.
WSDOT Current Federal Functional
Classification Map (Interactive)
2014 Cycling Tri-Cities Map
The 2014 Cycling Tri-Cities bike map is available to be
downloaded onto mobile devices through a commercial website known as
Maplet. There is a cost for access to Maplet's library of mobile
maps. Please use this link:
to access the Maplet website.