Other Documents/Studies

Sidewalk Inventory Pilot

The Draft Sidewalk Inventory Pilot project outlines and tests a method of regional data collection on three pilot areas in the Tri-Cities. Data collection consisted of: sidewalk pavement condition, sidewalk width, street buffer, permanent obstructions, non-permanent obstructions, comments/notes, and pictures.


2018 Park and Ride Report

The 2018 Park and Ride Report includes a history of the metropolitan area park and ride system, as well as an analysis of current system use. It presents American Community Survey on commute choice decisions, and trend data generated by the Regional Travel Mode-Cities data to examine the likelihood of future congestion on the metropolitan area street system. The report contains recommendations for next steps in the development of the park and ride system in the Tri-City area.


2016 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 focus. Please click 2016 SOV/HOV Survey to access the summary report.


2015 Regional Boundaries and Transportation Funding Report

The purpose of the 2015 Regional Boundaries and Transportation Funding Report is to describe the lesser known boundaries, as they pertain to transportation
funding. This report contains a brief background of the US Census and a short synopsis of the Benton‐
Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) and its role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO),
Transportation Management Area (TMA) and the Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO).
Also included, is an overview of the state and federal transportation funding available to our region and
information relating to federal transportation legislation.


Columbia River Crossing Study (CRCS)

CRCS photoThe 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, led by a steering committee consisting of local officials. An Executive Summary and Final Alternatives Map are available by accessing the links below.

 

CRCS Executive Summary

CRCS Final Alternatives Map             

CRCSTC Final Report            

CRCSTC Appendices


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: Cycling Tri-Cities to access the bike map on the Maplet website.

For a free download of a 11×17 .pdf of the map, please click: Cycling Tri-Cities. To download a jpeg image file of the front & back of the map please click on the images below:Cycling Tri-Cities 24x36 Front

Cycling Tri-Cities 24x36 Back

2019 Public Participation Plan

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments recognizes that an effective public participation process is a vital element in the development and implementation of transportation plans and programs. We are committed to providing opportunities to engage the public in the planning, development and implementation phases of the transportation planning process. For more information on the Public Participation Plan or how to get involved contact our office at (509) 943-9185.


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) State of Transportation

Stewardship of Washington State’s Transportation System – WSDOT


Air Quality

Benton Clean Air – Ozone in the Tri-Cities

High Ozone Levels in the Tri-Cities

Focus On – Tri-Cities Ozone Precursor Study

Tri-Cities Ozone Pre-Cursor Study Tri-Cities Ozone Storymap


Performance Measures

PM3 MAP-21 Target Setting Webinar

Final TPM3 Federal Register 2017-00550

National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program 23 CFR Part 490


Complete Streets

In 2011, the state legislature passed the Complete Streets Grant Program, codified in RCW 47.04.320, which authorized creation of the Complete Streets Grant Fund. The purpose of the grants are to encourage local governments to adopt their own complete streets ordinances.

“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roadways should be designed with all users in mind, not just motorists. Specifically, RCW 47.04.320(1) states that such ordinances should “provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users.”

The legislature funded the program in 2015 and the first grants were awarded in 2017. The Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) is administering the Award Program. In March 2018, the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) hosted a Complete Streets workshop. Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Staff from the State Departments of Health and Transportation and the Transportation Improvement Board presented information on the health, safety and transportation benefits of complete streets. The meeting included discussion of how to develop an effective complete streets ordinance and examples of successful implementation of an ordinance.

About 30 people attended the workshop, including representatives from public health, economic development, transit agencies, bicycling advocates and city planning and public works departments.

If you would like additional information on Complete Streets please contact Erin Braich at ebraich@bfcog.us.

Presentations from the March 7th, 2018 Complete Streets Workshop are linked below.

Complete Streets Overview

Complete Streets Design

Complete Streets – Measures of Implementation

Complete Streets – Successful Policies

Complete Streets Award

Complete Streets Training