Draft 2017-2022 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

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The Draft 2017-2022 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is now 2017-2022_RTIP_CoverImageavailable for public review. SCOG is required by federal and state regulations to develop an RTIP  which spans at least four years and is updated at least every two years. The RTIP is a compilation of projects from the various federal, state, and local funding programs for all transportation agencies in Skagit County. Projects included in the program will implement the long-range transportation and transit plans for the region, help meet the short-range needs of the area, and provide for the maintenance of the existing transportation system.

The primary purpose of the RTIP is to identify and document federally funded and/or regionally significant projects to be included in the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

SCOG invites the public to review the Draft 2017-2022 RTIP and provide written comments to the Transportation Policy Board by October 7, 2016. Oral comments regarding the 2017-2022 RTIP will also be accepted at the October 19, 2016 Transportation Policy Board meeting, but written comments are preferred.

Submit written comments to:

Gabe Philips (click on link for email address)
204 W Montgomery
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Also, comments can also be submitted directly in the comment section of this blog post.

This public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comments on the TIP development process will satisfy the FTA’s Program of Projects requirements.

Notice of Public Comment Period

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Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the proposed regional project evaluation process for human services transportation projects available for public comment.  Through the proposed process, projects would be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Regional criteria and weights to evaluate projects are included in the proposed evaluation process.

The public comment period closes on October 6, 2016.  Action on approval of an evaluation process is anticipated at the October 19, 2016 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before October 6 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

Paper copies of the proposed evaluation process are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the proposed evaluation process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

WSDOT Bicyclist and Pedestrian Documentation Project

DSC02960-cropThe Skagit Council of Governments Non-Motorized Advisory Committee is recruiting volunteers to assist with counting bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout Skagit County as part of the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

Counts will be conducted September 27-29 from 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm. Volunteers will work at selected locations to enter data on simple tally sheets. Each location will be counted for one morning and one afternoon shift. Volunteers may count for as many shifts as they would like.

There are count sites in Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington, and unincorporated Skagit County.

To volunteer, please register online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/count.htm. For any further questions, please contact Gabe Philips at gabep@scog.net or at (360) 416-6678