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.

2016 Regional Active Transportation Plan

Developed over 2015 and 2016, the 2016 Regional Active Transportation Plan fulfills 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 comprehensive plans. The Plan was formally adopted by the BFCG Board on June 17, 2016

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

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the items on this website. Click here to download the free reader

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

Major Employers Report

The 2014 Major Employers Report is an update of the document released on 2010. The purpose of the report is to provide a snapshot of regional employment within Benton and Franklin Counties. The list includes private and public sector employers. For the purposes of this report, only employers with 100 or more employees were included.
Employment data was collected during the Spring and Summer of 2014. The employment data was verified by contacting the Human Resources Department of each employer. Information from the Tri-Cities Development Council (TRIDEC), The Department of Energy and the Washington State Employment and Security Department was referenced during data collection.

New to the report:
• Employment by Industry
• Employment by County
• Employment Clusters Map within the RTPO

The Major Employers Report does not claim to have captured all employees or entities within Benton and Franklin Counties. Only available resources were used to compile the report. Employment data from the report will also assist with the 2015 update of the Tri-Cities Area Traffic Model.

For more information contact (509) 943-9185

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 on December 20th, 2013.

2013 Congestion Management Process

If you have any questions concerning the CMP development process please contact Erin Braich or (509) 943-9185

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.