Transportation Alternatives Program Project Selection Survey

Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) would like your input to help guide non-motorized transportation project investments. SIRTPO has around $700,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding to award to eligible projects. These funds can be used for various non-roadway projects such as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, recreational trails, community improvement activities, and safe routes to school.

SIRTPO will be issuing a call for projects in the coming months to award the TAP funding to eligible projects on a competitive basis. You can provide input to help determine which types of projects should be eligible for the regional funds as well as what factors should be considered when ranking the projects. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey in the link below. Your input will help the SIRTPO Policy Board determine the best use for these regionally-allocated funds.

Link to the TAP Project Selection Survey

The survey will be closed at 5:00 PM on February 13, 2015.

If you have any comments/questions, please comment on this post or email Gabe Philips.

Volunteers Needed!

SAMSUNGSkagit Council of Governments is recruiting volunteers to assist with counting bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout Skagit County as part of the Washington State annual count.

Counts will be conducted over a three day period from 7 to 9 AM and 4 to 6 PM. Each location will be counted for one morning and one afternoon shift during the three days. Count for one shift or all six!

To volunteer contact Gabe Philips at 360-416-6678.

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Non-Motorized Plan Open House

SCOG will be hosting an open house regarding the regional non-motorized plan from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on April 30, 2014. Input regarding existing conditions, proposed projects, and other non-motorized transportation issues is welcome.

The meeting will be held at the SCOG office at 204 W. Montgomery, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Please contact Gabe Philips at (360) 416-6678 if you have any questions.

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Transportation Alternatives Program Project Selection

At yesterday’s Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) Policy Board meeting the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project selection was finalized. The following list of projects, and their associated award amounts, will be included in the six-year funding of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program:

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Pedestrian/Bicycle and Safe Routes to School Call For Projects

100_5100WSDOT has issued a call for projects for their Safe Routes to School Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely. Unlike in previous calls for projects, projects for high schools, in addition to grades K-8, are eligible for grant funds. Applications for this program are due May 5, 2014.

WSDOT has also issued a call for projects for their Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. The purpose of this program is to improve conditions for biking and walking and encourage “complete street” type projects that safely meet the needs of all transportation modes. Applications for this grant program are due May 11, 2014.

There will be an overview webinar on these two grant programs on March 3, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle and Safe Routes to School Program Call for Projects Webinar page to register. If you are interested in viewing the webinar but not spaces are available, contact Gabe Philips to view the webinar at SCOG.

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