March 2017 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendment

SCOG has received a request to amend the 2017-2022 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The public is encouraged to review the proposed amendment and submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on March 8, 2017. Written comments will be included in the information packet distributed to Transportation Policy Board members prior to their March 15, 2017 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 Federal Transit Administration’s Program of Projects requirements.

Notice of Public Comment Period for Amendment to Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Notice is hereby given that on February 15, 2017 the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) released an amendment to the Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for public comment.

Comments on the amendment  may be mailed to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Gabe Philips, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or emailed to gabep@scog.net. Comments on the amendments must be submitted in writing and received by SCOG no later than March 3, 2017. All timely comments on the amendment will be considered.

Electronic copies of the Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, the amendment, and the associated supporting material are available here:

Papers copies of these documents are available at no charge from the address above, during normal business hours.

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Notice of Public Comment Period for Surface Transportation Program Project Selection Criteria

The SCOG Transportation Policy Board has released its draft Surface Transportation Program (STP) project selection criteria for public review and comment. Once approved, the criteria will be used to prioritize regional transportation projects to receive approximately $5.4 million in STP funding. The draft criteria are primarily objective measures that have been selected to assess the regional impact of proposed projects. Weights have been assigned to the measures to prioritize projects that address regional priorities. The public is invited to provide input on the proposed measures, weighting, and selection process (more details below).

Set-Aside

To address the difficulty in developing project prioritization criteria that fairly rate all types of projects that are eligible for STP funds, it is recommended that 10% of the available STP funds be set aside for non-roadway projects (transit, historical preservation, non-motorized, etc.). Once 10% of the STP funds have been allocated or all of the non-roadway projects have been prioritized (whichever amount is smaller), all projects will compete against each other based upon the criteria.

Contingency List

SCOG will also make a call for regional planning study proposals to develop a contingency list of projects that can move forward if other projects are unable to do so. This will provide SCOG with greater flexibility to meet its annual federal funding obligation target. The proposed regional planning studies will be prioritized based upon the following criteria:

  • What is the regional issue the study will address?
  • What is the desired outcome?
  • Does the study address a project/issue identified in Skagit 2040?
  • What is the level of regional impact the study will have?

Public Input

SCOG invites the public to provide input on the draft STP project selection criteria. If you have any suggestions about the criteria or the proposed process, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a reply in the comment section of this post. Additionally, written comments can be sent to:

Gabe Philips
gabep@scog.net
(360) 416-6678
204 W Montgomery Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Written comments must be submitted by Friday, March 3, 2017. The comments will be compiled and presented to the Transportation Policy Board a week prior to its March 15, 2017 meeting. The public is also welcome to provide verbal comments at the Transportation Policy Board meeting, but written comments are preferred.

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