TAP Call for Projects

Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) is issuing a call for projects for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project funding.

On April 23rd, 2015 the SIRTPO Policy Board approved the 2020-2021 TAP Project Selection Criteria. Approximately $688,000 will be available for transportation alternative projects in Skagit and Island counties.

Project applications are due to Gabe Philips by 5:00 PM on May 29th, 2015.

Eligible project sponsors include:

  • Local governments;
  • Regional transportation authorities;
  • Transit agencies;
  • Natural resource or public land agencies;
  • School districts, local education agencies, or schools;
  • Tribal governments; and
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails that the State determines to be eligible.

Click here for more information regarding TAP funds.

Transportation Alternatives Program Project Selection Public Review

The Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) is a regional agency that facilitates transportation planning activities in Skagit and Island counties. SIRTPO receives around $230,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding per year to distribute to programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities; recreational trail program projects; and safe routes to school projects.

Click here for more information on the Transportation Alternatives Program:

The SIRTPO Policy Board will be considering draft TAP project selection criteria (see link below) for approval at their April 23rd, 2015 meeting. Around $700,000 will be available for urban and rural alternative transportation projects in Skagit and Island counties.

The public may comment on the draft TAP project selection criteria. Please submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on April 16th, 2015. A public comment period will also be provided at the April 23rd, 2015 meeting but written comments are preferred.

Call (360-416-6678) or email Gabe Philips if you have any questions.

North Cascades Highway to Reopen April 3

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

After beginning work on clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway just three weeks ago, the Washington State Department of Transportation expects to open the seasonally closed section of SR 20 at 10 AM Friday. This is one of the fastest openings for the North Cascades Highway’s 42-year history.

For more information, including a history of opening and closing dates, maps, photos and progress reports on the 2015 opening, visit the North Cascades web page:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades

Public Comment Period Closing Soon for Public Participation Plan

Notice is hereby given that on February 13th, 2015 the Skagit Council of Governments released a revised Public Participation Plan (PPP) for public comment.  The public comment period will end on April 3rd, 2015.

Please email public comments on the revised PPP to markh@scog.net or mail to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 3rd, 2015.

An electronic copy of the revised PPP can be found at www.scog.net/PPP/RevisedPPP.pdf.  Paper copies are available at the address above, during normal business hours.

April 2015 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

SCOG has received requests to amend the 2015-2020 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The public is encouraged to review the proposed amendments and submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Written comments will be included in the information packet distributed to Transportation Policy Board members prior to their April 15, 2015 meeting. The public will also have the opportunity to comment at the Transportation Policy Board meeting, but written comments are preferred.

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.