Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Transportation Programs Office
Our office serves as the
Planning Organization (RTPO) for the jurisdictions within Benton
& Franklin counties in southeastern Washington State, with Walla
Walla County being a sub-RTPO. We
also serve as the
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the
Tri-Cities area. The
Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our
office. Tasks included in the UPWP are the result
of issues identified by the ongoing Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area
Transportation Study (Tri-MATS). Tri-MATS is comprised of two
working committees, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the
Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), which hold
meetings the first and second
Thursday of each month. Details about some of our work
be found below. For further
information, please contact the Transportation Programs Office.
2011 - 2032 Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan (RTP/MTP) replaces
the 2006-2025 version of the plan, after undergoing an extensive
update throughout 2010-2011. The document was revised (Spring,
2012) to extend the planning period an additional two years and
address concerns with financial constraint. This twenty-two year
planning document identifies regional transportation issues, goals
and policies related to transportation planning, deficiency analysis
for both the MPO and RTPO, and a
financial plan to alleviate anticipated deficiencies.
This combined urban/rural
document eliminates duplication; provides a comprehensive vision for
the entire region; and meets both the state planning requirements of
the Growth Management Act (GMA) and the federal requirements of the
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A
Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The plan
can be viewed by accessing the
2011-2032 Regional &
Metropolitan Transportation Plan
***BFCG 2014 Call for
Projects: Surface Transportation Program (STP) for FFY 2018 &
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for FFY 2015-2016***
BFCG is releasing a call for projects for the STP and TAP programs.
BFCG anticipates awarding $3,390,978 in STP funding and $596,770 for
the TAP program. The final amounts for the call are subject to
change based on actual annual allocations of funds to the BFCG.
please download STP application(s) at
2014 for FFY 2018 STP Project
please download TAP application(s) at
2015-2016 TAP Application
application(s) and return electronically to
email@example.com or deliver to the BFCG office at 1622 Terminal Drive, Richland, WA
The deadline to submit project
applications is Wednesday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Project applications MUST include a vicinity map.
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 at their meeting
of December 20th, 2014.
The following link provides access to
2013 Congestion Management Process
If you have any questions concerning the CMP development process
please contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional and Metropolitan Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP)
Each year, jurisdictions across the state complete their six-year
Transportation Improvement Program, or "TIP". Collectively,
the projects with secured federal funding and/or projects deemed
Regionally Significant by BFCG make up the Regional
portion of the State Transportation Improvement Program, or
"STIP". This program gives the
jurisdictions the opportunity to review their project lists and
adjust their plans, as necessary. Selected projects are those
which the jurisdiction has funding to complete. Planning
projects are those which are yet to be funded. For information
about the TIP for our member agencies, contact Tanna at the Transportation
Programs Office or the agency directly.
2015-2020 FINAL DRAFT MPO/RTPO
Transportation Improvement Program
(Final approval pending BFCG Board meeting October 17th, 2014)
The MPO/RTPO 2015-2020 Final Draft is
available by clicking on the links below:
2015-2020 FINAL DRAFT TIP Document
2015-2020 TIP - Selected Projects & Financial
2015-2020 TIP - Appendix
Ben Franklin Transit Development Plan
September 2014 - August 2020, please click on link:
2014-2019 MPO/RTPO TIP
BFCG staff have worked with local agencies in preparing their
The MPO/RTPO 2014-2019 TIP is available by clicking
on the links below.
2014-2019 TIP - Document
2014-2019 TIP - Selected Projects
& Financial Tables
2014-2019 TIP - Appendix
Amendments To The 2014 TIP
Amendments to the TIP can be made throughout the calendar year by
submitting a written request to BFCG transportation staff.
Amendments to the TIP may include adding a new project, deleting a
project, adding a new phase, increasing federal funds, changing
funding from non-federal to federal, or major scope change. Once
BFCG transportation staff receives a written request the amendment
request will be reviewed for consistency with the M/RTP and state
and Federal Regulations.
Staff ensures the amendment is placed on the Technical and Policy
(TAC/PAC) agendas. These committees meet
monthly and forward recommendations to the BFCG Board for approval.
The Board action is forwarded to the appropriate state and federal
agencies for review and approval. Amendments take approximately
forty-five to sixty days.
Board/WSDOT/FHWA/FTA approval, the amendment will be included in the
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). All amendments
are contingent on approval at the local agency level prior to being
included in the STIP.
BFCG is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the
2014-2017 TIP. Click the "2014 July Amendment" link to view the proposed
amendment. A public comment period for the proposed amendment starts
July 3rd, 2014. All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on
July 15th, 2014. You can submit comments by emailing to
or mailing to Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, 1622 Terminal
Drive, Richland, WA or by calling (509) 943-9185.
For more details regarding TIP administration see link below:
2014 January Amendment
- No Urban Amendments
2014 February Amendment - Approved
2014 March Amendment - Approved
2014 April Amendment - No Urban Amendments
2014 May Amendment - No Urban Amendments
2014 July Amendment - Approved
Please contact Tanna Dole at the BFCG Transportation Programs
Office with any questions or to request a printed copy.
Periodically, amendments to the TIP may alter, add, or delete
projects within the TIP. If you have questions with any
specific project, you can contact the BFCG Transportation Programs
Office or the local agency directly.
Washington State DOT maintains a database dedicated to the
secured projects within all statewide TIPs. Information about
projects can be obtained by accessing this site:
Click here to access:
2014-2019 Franklin County
Regional TIP (approved 1/17/2014)
An Annual Listing of Federal Obligations can be accessed by the
Annual Listing of Federal Obligations
2013 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations
The Tri-MATS Annual Report is available by accessing the
Tri-City Urbanized Area
- Designation as a new Transportation Management Area
In March of 2012, the US Census Bureau released their population
numbers for Urbanized Areas confirming that the Tri-City
Metropolitan Area has surpassed the 200k population threshold.
Areas above 200k in population are designated Transportation
Management Areas (TMAs) and enjoy certain benefits and incur
additional planning requirements beyond smaller MPOs. This TMA.
designation became official with the release of the July 18, 2012
Federal Register in which the Kennewick-Pasco, WA Urbanized Area was
shown to have a 2010 population of 210,975.
2013 Social and Economic Data
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland Metropolitan Area Social and Economic Data
Book presents characteristics of age, income, and race/ethnicity
focusing primarily upon the metropolitan area, but does also include
data for all of Benton and Franklin Counties. The Data Book
contains information from both the decennial census and the
metropolitan Travel Demand Model. For more information about
the document, please contact Len Pavelka of the Transportation
Programs Office. :
2014 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
For the results of the 2014 SOV/HOV Survey,
please click here to access the summary report.
2014 Call for Projects for the 2015-2017 Public Transportation
Consolidated Grant Process
Herein please find the 2014 Call for Projects which details this
year's Consolidated Grant process, along with the required Project
Summary Form and the list of identified needs for the Benton
Franklin RTPO Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP).
Each project submitting will require its own Project Summary Form.
Please note that projects must be identified as needs in the HSTP
in order to be eligible to apply.
For the BFCG 2014 HSTP Call For
For the PROPOSED PROJECT SUMMARY
(Due to BFCG by 5:00pm, September 26th, 2014,
Email submittal to:
or mail to BFCG P.O. Box 217 Richland, WA 99352)
For the PRIORITIZED BENTON-FRANKLIN
RTPO 2014 HSTP Needs
Projects are due electronically to BFCG by September 26, 2014 at
5:00 pm. Please email them to:
or mail to: BFCG P.O. Box 217
Richland, WA 99352
you have any questions, please contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185
or the above email address.
Interim Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation
Federal law requires a Human
Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) every four years. The
Washington State Department of Transportation awards grant funding
for HSTP projects every two years through its Consolidated Grant
The 2012 Interim Coordinated Public Transit Human Services
Transportation Plan can be viewed by accessing this link
This update to the 2010 BFCG
Coordinated Public Transit � Human Services Transportation Plan
addresses a revision in Service Gaps and Strategies, recognizing any
perceived changes in need over the last two years. Service gaps and
strategies to address those gaps were identified at stakeholder
meetings in Kennewick and Walla Walla and are listed within. Changes
in Federal Transit Administration funding programs are also
For more information
regarding the Coordinated Public Transit Human Service
Transportation Plan, contact Len Pavelka of the Transportation
Commute Alternatives Feasibility Study
In response to
Presidential Executive Order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at federal
facilities, DOE completed and released a study focused on
identifying appropriate commute alternatives for Hanford Site
workers aimed at reducing GHG emissions. A slide presentation summarizing the study effort/findings are
available by accessing the link below:
MSA - Feasibility Studies to Reduce Employee
Commuting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Columbia River Crossing Study
The 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, lead 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
Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Plan for Benton,
Franklin and Walla Walla Counties
Adopted in 2010,
The 2010 Regional Bicycle and
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
Major Employers Report
2010 Major Employers
Report details major employers within Benton,
Franklin and Walla Walla Counties. The list includes private
and public sector employers � from orchards to Hanford contractors
and school districts to the Post Office. The criterion for inclusion
in the list was that a business/agency/entity have 100 or more full
time employees, including those with a total of 100 or more shift
workers, and entities with a substantial number of seasonal
employees. The final result is a list of around 140
significant employers for the three-county area.
BFCG Annual Traffic Report
The latest Annual Traffic Report
can be found here:
2013 BFCG Annual Traffic Report
Traffic Count Program
Our office maintains an inventory of all
traffic counts collected in the RTPO. County spreadsheets date back
to 1997, and are updated as data becomes available
(Updated: February, 2014). WSDOT Permanent Traffic Recorder (PTR)
locations are summarized by rural and urban locations.
Benton County Traffic Counts
Franklin County Traffic Counts
Rural PTR Counts
Urban PTR Counts
We also collect traffic counts for the smaller jurisdictions
throughout the RTPO, as they are needed. For more information
about the Traffic Count Program, please contact our office.
The Transportation Programs Office maintains an extensive
inventory of maps for our region. Maps are used for
informational presentations and also appear in a variety of planning
documents. The maps provided here are letter sized and can be
viewed/printed with an Adobe Acrobat viewer. Designations and boundaries found within these maps are
accurate - to the best of agency knowledge - as of our most frequent
Regional Transportation Plan adoption (Spring, 2012).
However, designations and boundaries change frequently - for
verification of a designation or boundary, please contact the Transportation Programs Office.
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:
to access the Maplet website.
For a free download of a 11x17 .pdf of the map, please click:
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the items
on this website.
Click here to download the free