Getting Ready for the Future, Working Together,
Regional Strategy and Investments, Informed by Data and Collaboration.

RTC Seeks Public Comment on Draft 2014 HSTP
RTC is seeking public comment on its draft Human Services Transportation Plan. The intent of the federally-required Human Services Transportation Plan is to identify the special transportation needs of people with disabilities, low income, the young and elderly and those in rural locations who cannot provide transportation for themselves.
RTC Selects Transportation Projects for Funding
On October 7, the RTC Board of Directors selected 15 projects to receive approximately $9.7 million in regionally allocated federal transportation funds. Projects will be implemented between 2015 and 2018, and include funding for NE 18th Street, NE 94th Avenue, Brady Road, NE 119th Street, SR-502/SR-503 intersection in Battle Ground, Carty Road, 4th Street/Pacific Highway roundabout in La Center, and operational improvements throughout urban Clark County. In addition, the RTC Board approved the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program, which indicates a funding commitment for approximately $147 million in transportation improvements over the next four years in the Clark County region.
Milestone Achieved for Salmon Creek Interchange Project
Seventeen years after planning began, state transportation officials and local leaders celebrated the end of the Salmon Creek Interchange Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. Opening on the Salmon Creek Interchange represents a major milestone for regional collaboration and multi-agency funding of needed transportation infrastructure for the fast growing Clark County region. RTC’s $2.28 million grant contribution was among multiple agencies that contributed funds to the $133 million construction program. Key RTC members that delivered pieces of the final multi-modal product included WSDOT, Clark County, and C-TRAN.
RTC Board Advances Regional Transit Line
The RTC Board approved programming of $47.9 million in funding for advancing right-of-way purchases and construction of C-TRAN’s proposed Fourth Plain Blvd. bus rapid transit line. The RTC Board found that the bus rapid transit project was consistent with the adopted Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2011) and other federal requirements. Next steps for this project are C-TRAN completing final planning studies, design engineering, and preparing for construction which is scheduled to begin in 2015. For more information on this project, contact C-TRAN.
Comment on the Washington Transportation Plan
The Washington Transportation Commission has released the draft long-range Washington Transportation Plan 2035 for public comment and review. Comments are requested by September 25, 2014, with adoption planned for December 2014.
The plan informs statewide transportation policy across different travel modes and jurisdictions. It provides an overview of Washington’s entire transportation system and proposes strategies and actions that would preserve and expand the system. It draws from a range of existing policy plans and seeks to align with and support broader state policy objectives in areas including the environment, economy, and energy.
The Commission is hosting five public meetings statewide, one at the Vancouver Downtown Library on September 8 from 4:30-7:30 pm.
2013 Monitoring Report Indicates Travel Times on the Rise
The RTC Board endorsed the Congestion Management Process 2013 Monitoring Report at their July 1, 2014 meeting. This report describes transportation conditions in the region at the street corridor level, including an assessment of traffic volumes, capacity, speeds, occupancy, safety, trucks, and transit. Report findings indicate improving conditions on regional corridors with recent advanced traffic signal system enhancements, while several corridors need major improvements to increase capacity. Download the complete report.
Demographic Report: County Population Diversifying with Steady Growth
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.
Smart Transportation Operations in the Region
The VAST Program, managed by RTC since 2001, is one of the agency’s ongoing programs. VAST program activities include regional collaboration on TSMO and on ITS. TSMO strategies focus on lower cost operational projects that are regionally coordinated and better utilize existing transportation facilities without expanding roadway capacity. Operational projects include a wide range of strategies such as traveler information, freeway management, arterial management, coordinated incident management, and transit signal priority. ITS is the communications, technology, and associated infrastructure required to execute transportation operations.
Clark County RTP: 2014 Update Underway
RTC is beginning a 2014 update to the Regional Transportation Plan for Clark County. The RTP is the principal long-range, 20-year, plan for the County’s regional transportation system that requires update at least every four years. After discussions on the scope of the RTP update with the RTC Board, planning partners and stakeholders, initial steps in the updating process are now underway. These first steps include consideration of RTP guiding policies, demographic forecast and socio-economic trends. During the course of the 2014 RTP update, RTC will use this website to report on our progress and to seek comments and input.
Study Underway for Small Fixes to I-205
At the May RTC Board meeting, RTC staff provided an update regarding an ongoing study of short-term, low-cost upgrades to address bottlenecks and traffic safety and several key interchange merging areas along I-205. The goal of the study is to create an action plan for low-cost improvements to be implemented on a case-by-case (funding available) basis prior to major interchange and freeway widening improvements identified in the I-205 corridor long-term plan. Low cost strategies that are being evaluated include: re-striping merging lanes, lengthening merging lanes, and construction of ramp meters. The study will test the effectiveness of each of these types of measures and will present a final list of project recommendations to the Board by year-end 2014.