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.

BFCG’s SFY 2021 UPWP Released for Public Comment

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments has released its draft State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for public comment. The UPWP describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our agency. Tasks included in the UPWP are the result of issues identified by the ongoing MPO/RTPO planning process. The MPO/RTPO is governed by the BFCG Board and is supported by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which hold meetings once a month. Public comments on the draft SFY 2021 UPWP will be accepted through April 17. To view the document, please follow the link below.

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments Draft SFY 2021 UPWP

For questions about the document or to submit a comment, please email transportation@bfcog.us or call (509) 943-9185.

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