Benton-Franklin Council of Governments

Transportation Programs Office

Our office serves as the Regional Transportation 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 products can be found below.  For further information, please contact the Transportation Programs Office.

BFCG Public Participation Plan

The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments is updating its Public Participation Plan, providing an overview of how the BFCG includes public participation in its transportation planning programs, plans and projects. The plan is open for public comments for 45 days beginning on Sunday, February 1st, 2015.

BFCG Public Participation Plan

If you have any comments or questions on the Draft Public Participation Plan, please contact Jacob Gonzalez at (509) 943-9185 or

2014 Surface Transportation Program (STP) & Transportation Alternatives     Program (TAP) Project Selections

                                                              Click here for a Summary of Selected Projects

2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan

Federal law requires a Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) every four years.  The 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan for Benton and Franklin Counties fulfills the mandate for a Plan that defines how Benton and Franklin Counties may best meet federal expectations of a coordinated, cost-effective and efficient transportation system for the transportation disadvantaged in the two-county area.

Limited English Proficiency, minority, and low income populations were reached in our commitment to Title VI compliance.

The 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan can be viewed by accessing this link

The Plan was adopted by the BFCG Board at their December 19th meeting.

For more information regarding the Coordinated Public Transit Human Service Transportation Plan, contact Len Pavelka at or 509-943-9185

2011 - 2032 Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The 2011-2032 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 following link: 

2011-2032 Regional & Metropolitan Transportation Plan

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 CMP:  2013 Congestion Management Process

If you have any questions concerning the CMP development process please contact Len Pavelka at 509-943-9185 or

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  MPO/RTPO Transportation Improvement Program

The MPO/RTPO 2015-2020 is available by clicking on the links below:

2015-2020 Approved TIP Document

2015-2020 TIP - Selected Projects & Financial Tables 1-6

2015-2020 TIP - Appendix


For the Ben Franklin Transit Development Plan September 2014 - August 2020, please click on link:

Amendments To The 2015 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 Advisory Committee (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.

Upon 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.

For more details regarding TIP administration see link below:

For monthly amendment information click on links below:

2015 January Amendment -  No Urban Amendments

2015 February Amendment - Pending

2015 March Amendment - Pending

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 Department of Transportation maintains a database dedicated to the secured projects within all statewide TIPs.  Information about projects can be obtained by accessing this site:

An Annual Listing of Federal Obligations can be accessed by the links below: 

2012 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations

2013 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations

2014 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations

The Tri-MATS Annual Report is available by accessing the following link:  Annual Report

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 Book

The 2013 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 focus.  For the results of the 2014 SOV/HOV Survey, please click here to access the summary report

Hanford Site 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, 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

Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan for Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties

Adopted in 2010, The 2010 Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian 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.

Major Employers Report

The 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.

Mapping/GIS Activities  

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.   

Map Name


RTPO-MPO-CL-UGA MPO Planning Boundary, Urban Growth Areas & RTPO City Limits
RTPO-Traffic Flow RTPO Average Daily Traffic Flows
RTPO-Port Districts RTPO Port District boundaries
RTPO-Scenic & Rec RTPO Scenic & Recreational Hwys w/interpretive markers
RTPO-TransFac Active & Abandoned Rail, Gas, Petroleum, Port, & Airport Facilities in RTPO
RTPO-Freight Goods Freight & Goods Transportation System within RTPO
RTPO-HUA Highway Urban Areas within RTPO
MPO-Traffic Flow Tri-City Metropolitan Planning Area Average Daily Traffic Flow
UZA-W/CL UGAs Tri-City Urbanized Area, City limits & Urban Growth Areas
Tri-City PNR Tri-City area Park and Ride Lots
GasTaxFSL Federal & State Gasoline taxes shown by State
BFT PTBA Ben Franklin Transit Public Transportation Benefit Area
Federal Functional Classification Map WSDOT Current Federal Functional Classification Map (Interactive)

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: 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

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