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 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.

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

Regional Active Transportation Plan Open House

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) will be hosting a public open house for the Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP) on January 22, 2020 at the Pasco Library (1320 W Hospkins Street) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Topics will include: BFCG’s 2020 ATP update, Tri-Cities’ current and future active transportation network, 2020 Tri-Cities Bike Map, performance measures for tracking active transportation, and strategies to increase active transportation in the Benton-Franklin region.

2020 BFCG Regional Traffic Count Program: Request for Proposals

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) is requesting submittals from qualified consultants for the 2020 BFCG Regional Traffic Count Program in Benton and Franklin Counties. Three (3) copies of the proposal must be submitted to the BFCG by or before Friday, December 27, 2019 at 1622 Terminal Drive, Richland, WA 99354 or electronically to

2020 BFCG Regional Traffic Count Program: Request for Proposals