PSRC receives federal certification for transportation planning

Praise for project selection process, equity and more

Highlighting PSRC as “one of the best MPOs” in the northwest region, federal transportation representatives summed up a recent federal certification review at the Transportation Policy Board meeting on October 11.

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration conduct a review of the planning processes of transportation management areas such as PSRC.

The certification report cited a number of commendations for PSRC’s work, including:

  • Coordination and consultation with members and outreach to tribes
  • Comprehensive tracking of the status of agreements with state and public transportation agencies -- a best practice among planning agencies
  • Keeping federal agencies informed of planning activities and progress
  • Working with public and partners to identify aggressive approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Well-established, competitive process for allocating discretionary FTA and FHWA funds
  • Incorporating equity into the overall work program

The federal review team had two recommendations for future work on further developing a long-term financial plan and performance-based evaluation system to identify investment priorities. 

There were no corrective actions.

“We encourage you to keep up the good work,” said Jeremy Borrego, FTA Transportation Specialist.

“This is really one of the best MPOs in our region. We look to you to be on the forefront of planning. We have some pretty substantial transportation challenges in the region and we look forward to working with you and the opportunity to meet those challenges by planning and building great transportation infrastructure.”

Policy board members thanked PSRC staff for their good work and FTA and FHWA for their partnerships with PSRC.  

Watch meeting video (starts at about 26.00).