Regional Transportation Plan to be recommended for adoption

Transportation Board scheduled to act Thursday

After extensive public comment and discussion of how best to incorporate those comments into the long-range transportation plan, adoption of the Regional Transportation Plan is around the corner.

The Transportation Policy Board will have its final opportunity to weigh in on the new plan and provide any last direction to staff at its April 12 meeting when the board is scheduled to recommend adoption.

The Regional Transportation Plan describes how the region is planning to catch up and keep up on transportation over the next two decades, while the region’s population is expected to swell to nearly five million people.

A total of 152 respondents submitted comments on the draft regional transportation plan. Overall, there is support for the draft plan and the investments and policies contained within. The General Assembly is scheduled to act on the plan on May 31, 2018.

The board may also recommend authorizing a change in project status to approved for an additional lane on I-5 from Seneca to Mercer and streamlining the PSRC/WSDOT Coordinated Grant Program for Special Needs Transportation. The board will also discuss performance based planning and federal target setting.

See the full agenda here or watch the meeting live on Thursday, April 12.