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YAKIMA VALLEY LONG RANGE REGIONAL
TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE
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:
preserving prior investments in the regional transportation
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
Enhancing transit and
transportation demand management programs to better serve the
local community needs and to reduce overall traffic volumes
needs transportation services, especially outside the
priority components and missing links of the regional
non-motorized transportation system that are not addressed by
other transportation improvement
regionally significant projects
agency projects to improve the overall mobility for the
communities and reduce the local traffic demands on the regional
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
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS NOW
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.
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