Transportation projects support, enhance, and stimulate the economic development of the region. Optimizing mobility of people and goods on the transportation system supports economic
development by reducing delays, improving operations, opening access to new areas of development, and addressing safety issues.
Enhancing freight distribution by truck, rail, and air is a priority for economic recovery and growth. The M/RTP supports future growth in commercial and freight air service by enhancing inter-modal connectivity through-out the region. The M/RTP includes plans for a Westside Connector study that could reduce conflicts between freight and city localized traffic, which could increase freight efficiency and provide residential safety. Railroad grade separation projects and other rail system improvements such as a study for the feasibility of a trans-load facility are also included in the M/RTP.
Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Plan 2010-2035