BFCG Notice

NOTICE: The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is still closed to the public due to COVID-19. We are moving to new offices at 587 Stevens Drive Richland, WA 99352. It is expected that our emails will be down Friday, May 29th and possibly Monday, June 1st as well. If you would like to get in contact with a member of our staff please call 509-943-9185.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Transportation Management Area (TMA) Certification Review

The U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) is required by federal law to review and evaluate the transportation planning processes of Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) every four years.  Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Benton and Franklin counties region of the state of Washington, and is also designated as a transportation management area (TMA).

USDOT is soliciting public feedback on BFCG’s work in transportation.  Examples may include the areas below or any area of specific interest to you:

More information about BFCG is available on BFCG’s web pages in the headers at the top of this page.

Comments will be accepted until June 5, 2020:

Comments may be submitted to: transportation@bfcog.us or (509) 943-9185.

Comments may also be submitted to the following federal agencies:

Ned Conroy
Region 10 Office
Federal Transit Administration
915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142
Seattle, WA 98174-1002
Or email to: Ned.Conroy@dot.gov

Matt Kunic
Federal Highway Administration
Washington Division
711 Capitol Way South, Suite 501
Olympia, WA 98501
Or email to:  Matthew.Kunic@dot.gov

Revisión de la Certificación del Área de Gestión de Transporte (TMA)

La ley federal requiere que el Departamento de Transporte de los Estados Unidos (USDOT, por sus
siglas eninglés) revise y evalúe los procesos de planificación del transporte de las Áreas de Gestión de
Transporte (TMA, por sus siglas en inglés) cada cuatro años. El Consejo de Gobiernos de
Benton-Franklin (Benton- Franklin Council of Governments—BFCG, en inglés) es la Organización de
Planificación Metropolitana designada federalmente para la región de los condados de Benton y
Franklin del estado de Washington y también ha sido designada un área de gestión de transporte
(TMA).

El USDOT actualmente solicita reacciones del público sobre el trabajo del BFCG en el transporte.
Algunos ejemplos pueden incluir las siguientes áreas o cualquier área de interés específico para usted:

Trabajar con agencias que son miembros del BFCG
Proceso de Gestión de la Congestión (CMP)
Planificación del transporte
Programa de mejora del transporte
Datos del transporte
Previsión de viajes
Transporte activo tales como peatones y bicicletas
Tránsito

Información adicional sobre el BFCG está disponible en las páginas del sitio web del BFCG en los encabezados
que se encuentran en la parte superior de esta página.

Los comentarios se aceptarán hasta el 5 de junio de 2020:
Los comentarios se pueden enviar a: transportation@bfcog.us o al (509) 943-9185.

Además, los comentarios también se pueden presentar a las siguientes agencias federales:

Ned Conroy
Region 10 Office
Federal Transit Administration
915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142
Seattle, WA 98174-1002
O por correo electrónico a: Ned.Conroy@dot.gov

Matt Kunic
Federal Highway Administration
Washington Division
711 Capitol Way South, Suite 501
Olympia, WA 98501
O por correo electrónico a: Matthew.Kunic@dot.gov

BFCG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments values the health and safety of our employees, our member jurisdictions, and the public. We would like to share information on how we will continue to serve you amid concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 and following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local government agencies in the communities we serve. We are communicating with our employees to keep them informed of our plans and ways they can protect members and themselves. We have also enhanced the cleaning of high-touch areas in our facility.

During this time, some of our employees will be working remotely, and will have access to their e-mail accounts. Phone messages will also be relayed, but may receive delayed responses. The best way to contact our staff during this time will be by e-mail.

Although we may still have limited staff working in the office, the office will be closed to visitors without prior authorization.

The wellness of our employees, our member jurisdictions and the public is of utmost importance and we wish you good health as we transition through this together.

Ridership Survey for East-West Passenger Rail Study

Feasibility of East-West Intercity Passenger Rail Service for Washington State

The Washington State Legislature has directed the Joint Transportation Committee to conduct a feasibility analysis of an east-west intercity passenger rail service for Washington State. The analysis will look at passenger rail service between Seattle and Spokane specifically via the Stampede Pass corridor connecting with Auburn, Cle-Elum, Yakima, Ellensburg, Tri-Cities, Toppenish and Spokane.

We want to hear your opinion on various proposed rail services, and to learn which ones you value most and why. The aim of this survey is to help us understand the mobility needs of residents and visitors, current travel patterns, and the relative attractiveness of various rail service attributes in the corridor.

https://Steer.sawtoothsoftware.com/EastWest/login.html

Survey code: move

This survey is about travel that you have made within this corridor in the last six months. Information about where and how you travel can help transportation agencies plan for future needs, so your careful response to this survey will be very important in helping to shape the future of this region. More information about the study is available here.

Provide Input for the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP)

BFCG hosted a Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) Open House on Wednesday, January 22, at the Pasco Library. Attendees learned about current bicycle facilities in the Tri-Cities, provided input on for the Regional ATP update, and marked on maps of Benton and Franklin Counties where bicycle and pedestrian improvements/connections should be made.

If you would like to fill out the survey and/or submit input on where bicycle/pedestrian improvements/connections should be made, please download the files below and submit them to Erin Braich at ebraich@bfcog.us