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J. Page Scott, Executive Director, YVCOG Office: (509) 574-1550
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Deb LaCombe, Senior Planner, YVCOG, (509) 574-1550
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Yakima, Washington – February 15, 2012 – On February 17, 2012 the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) will issue the Draft version of its 2012 update to the Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Plan (M/RTP or Plan). There will be a 30-day comment period on the draft Plan -- February 17, 2012 to March 19, 2012 -- before the Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organization adopts the Final Plan. The document is a long-range plan for both the greater Yakima metropolitan area and the Yakima County region. It identifies strategies for future transportation needs based on forecast population and job growth over the next 20 years, focusing on the efficiency of the road network and other transportation facilities and services. An update to the Plan is required to maintain the region’s eligibility to receive federal funding for transportation improvement projects. The Plan was last formally updated in 2007.

The Draft Plan was developed by YVCOG and guided by the Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (MPO/RTPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Executive Committee. Public input will be sought through written comments at three locations and via the project website.


Briefly, the strategy for future transportation improvements in the draft Plan calls for:

  • Maintaining and preserving prior investments in the regional transportation system

  • Completing transportation projects that are underway or have previously been established as having a strong regional commitment

  • Focusing on spot or corridor improvements that resolve operational and safety issues

  • Investing in selected widening or construction of new corridors to accommodate forecast travel demands, shift traffic from existing congestion locations, and support better access to the regional highway system

  • Enhancing transit and transportation demand management programs to better serve the local community needs and to reduce overall traffic volumes

  • Improving special needs transportation services, especially outside the metropolitan area

  • Constructing high priority components and missing links of the regional non-motorized transportation system that are not addressed by other transportation improvement

  • Identifying regionally significant projects

  • Supporting local agency projects to improve the overall mobility for the communities and reduce the local traffic demands on the regional system

The draft Plan includes an extensive list of future transportation improvements in the region. These include both improvements on state highways, and regional improvements that will be implemented by local jurisdictions. While a number of future projects involve road widening or construction of new road corridors, the project list also includes many preservation and maintenance projects and improvements to help the flow of traffic at intersections. Transit, pedestrian, bicycle, rail, and freight improvements are also part of the draft Plan, as are commute trip reduction measures.


The draft Plan is based on expected population and employment growth throughout the region. It also examines potential environmental issues associated with future implementation of transportation projects and programs.

Copies of the draft Plan are available at the downtown Yakima and Sunnyside branches of the Yakima Regional Library, YVCOG office, and on the project website at


A meeting of the Yakima Valley MPO/RTPO Executive Committee is scheduled for March 19, 2012 at the YVCOG offices to consider adoption of the Plan. The public is welcome to attend and participate. The project website will include more detailed information about the meeting.

Spanish language speakers may request further information on the project by contacting 509-574-1550 and asking for the Spanish extension. For special accommodations to participate in a meeting or materials in an alternative format, please call YVCOG at (509) 574-1550 by 10:00 a.m. three days prior to the meeting. For TTY users, please use the State’s toll-free relay service, 7-1-1, and ask the operator to dial (509) 574-1550.



More information is available by following the links at the left, or by calling (509)574-1550 or emailing The YVCOG.