Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Current Publications

Annual Report, 2016 December 2016
In 2016, RTC deployed over $8.8 million in seed capital funds for 10 regional projects in Clark County. These important projects are designed to upgrade the region’s signal, roadway, transit, and trail networks. RTC partnered with C-TRAN and WSDOT to initiate a regional evaluation of operating transit buses on the shoulders of the regional freeways as part of a Bus on Shoulder Feasibility Study. This study, along with other regional transportation system management improvements funded by the VAST program, push the region to implement strategies which optimize the use and efficiency of the regional transportation networks. As the congestion on major commute routes increases, strategies like those will become more important. Continued monitoring of the region’s major transportation networks was a focus for RTC as part of this year’s re-designed Congestion Monitoring Report. Select recommendations for responding to the region’s commute congestion conditions are documented in the CMP Report and are a cornerstone of the region’s Regional Transportation Plan.
Transportation Improvement Program, Clark County, 2017-2020 October 2016
The TIP is a four-year program of regionally significant transportation projects. The TIP represents an agency’s intent to implement a specific project and the anticipated flow of funds for that project. Regionally selected transportation projects are incorporated into the TIP along with other regionally significant projects selected for funding at the state or federal level.
Skamania County Regional Transportation Plan May 2014, Amended November 2016
The RTP for Skamania County establishes the region’s vision, goals, and principles for the enhancement of Skamania County’s transportation system over the next 20 years. It details the transportation strategy to support the economic growth and prosperity of the region.
Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations Plan September 2016
RTC and the Vancouver Area Smart Trek agencies have released the 2016 update to the Transportation System Management and Operations Plan, first developed and adopted by the RTC Board in June 2011. The TSMO Plan to guides the implementation of operational strategies and supporting Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies for Clark County in Southwest Washington. It presents a structure for accomplishing transportation system management objectives and making future ITS investments and capital improvements necessary to accomplish those objectives.
The TSMO Plan has three main sections: 1) emerging operational issues and trends that will impact the future direction of transportation systems management and operations; 2) a description of operational improvements on the transportation system over the last five years and envisioned for the next five and; 3) an implementation plan, which identifies the ITS communications and equipment needed to build the improvements and support system management and operations.
Congestion Management Process, 2015 Monitoring Report June 2016
The CMP focuses on delivering improved transportation system performance information to decision-makers who must identify the most cost-effective strategies for addressing transportation congestion and improving mobility. This project consists of collecting additional transportation data, analyzing transportation system performance, and annual preparation of a System Performance Report. The performance measures considered for this project include a corridor congestion ratio, speed as percent of speed limit, auto vehicle occupancy, truck percentage, transit seat capacity used, and other transportation measures.
Unified Planning Work Program May 2015
The UPWP describes the transportation planning activities to be completed as part of the regional transportation planning process. This document is prepared annually by RTC to meet federal requirements. It details the funding sources required to carry out the planning program and addresses the major transportation policy issues of the forthcoming year.
10-Year Transportation Project Priorities Report January 2015
The RTC Board initially adopted the Ten-Year Transportation Project Priorities Report in November 2012. The Report was updated by the Board on January 6, 2015 to make the list of priority projects consistent with the updated RTP (December 2014). Listed projects are identified in the Report as being shorter-term needs in the Clark County RTP . Projects listed in the Report had been recommended for prioritization analysis by local jurisdictions and transportation agencies. The priority projects were analyzed based on the following transportation performance criteria: safety, mobility, multi-modal and support for economic development.
I-205 Access and Operations Study December 2014
The RTC Board adopted recommendations, in November 2014, to address long- and short-term roadway improvements and transit operations in the I-205 corridor, as well a set of operational policies for regional freeway corridors in the region. They identified a core set of long term capital projects and a set of near term operational improvements for I-205. The analysis, findings and recommendations are described in the I-205 Access and Operations Study Report.
Regional Transportation Plan for Clark County, 2014 Update December 2014
The RTP for Clark County is the region’s principal transportation planning document, representing a twenty-plus year regional transportation plan for Clark County. The Plan is developed through a coordinated process between local jurisdictions and transportation agencies in order to develop regional solutions to transportation needs.
Human Services Transportation Plan November 2014
The federal transportation act requires development of a Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan. The HSTP addresses the transportation needs of the elderly, people with disabilities, low income populations, and rural residents unable to provide transportation for themselves. The first HSTP for our region was adopted by the RTC Board of Directors in January 2007 and was updated in December 2010. The current HSTP was adopted in November 2014. The Plan supports grant requests submitted by agencies from this region for state and federal funding for human services transportation needs through the WSDOT’s statewide competitive Consolidated Public Transportation Grant program.
Clark County Demographic Profile June 2014
Demographers looking at national population data have identified three major trends of note – the population is growing; the population is aging; and the population is becoming more diverse. Theses national trends are playing out here in Clark County as well. To provide a foundation for the update to the Regional Transportation Plan, RTC has published a demographic profile for Clark County.
Klickitat County Regional Transportation Plan May 2014
The RTP for Klickitat County establishes the region’s vision, goals, and principles for the enhancement of Klickitat County’s transportation system over the next 20 years. It details the transportation strategy to support the economic growth and prosperity of the region.
Safety Management Assessment for Clark County April 2014
Safety for all modes of travel is an important component of the metropolitan transportation planning process. The Safety Management Assessment for Clark County, Washington is a tool to help identify the safety needs for the region. The current safety assessment is data driven to identify trends in the region’s collision data and includes recommended strategies to reduce fatalities and serious injuries for all modes on the region’s roadways. This assessment is intended to be folded into the next update to the Regional Transportation Plan.
Clark County Freight Mobility Study December 2010
RTC initiated the Clark County Freight Mobility Study in 2009 to provide an understanding of the key elements of freight movement and to explain why freight and goods movement is important to Clark County’s economy and employment. The study inventoried existing freight and goods movement, and identified current deficiencies and future action items to be addressed as part of ongoing regional and local planning processes. The study began to identify corridor investment needs in order to sustain jobs and economic development for existing and future industrial and employment centers. The study was conducted to supplement the Clark County RTP.
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