The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for Clark County is the region's principal transportation planning document. It represents a regional transportation plan for the metropolitan area of Clark County, developed through a coordinated process between local jurisdictions in order to develop regional solutions to transportation needs.
The first Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Clark County was adopted in December 1982. An Interim Regional Transportation Plan, which acted as a framework for development of Growth Management Act (GMA) transportation elements, was adopted in September 1993 and the MTP for Clark County was adopted in December 1994. This MTP version represents a review and update of the adopted Plan. It is intended to be a plan to meet transportation needs over the next 20-plus years and a plan to direct the metropolitan transportation planning process.
Transportation needs must be identified in the MTP before projects can be programmed for funding in the metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a three-year priority list of federally funded transportation projects to be built within Clark County. In addition to federally funded transportation projects, the TIP includes a listing of all other transportation projects that utilize state and/or local funding sources. The TIP must be consistent with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and meet clean air standards. In order for transportation projects to receive federal funds they must be included in the TIP.
The federal transportation act, SAFETEA-LU, requires development of a Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP). 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 current Human Services Transportation Plan for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties was adopted by the RTC Board of Directors in December 2010.
The HSTP supports grant requests submitted by this region for state and federal funding for human services transportation needs.
The Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) for Klickitat County and Skamania County are the region's principal long-range transportation planning documents. They represent a regional transportation plan for each county and are developed through a coordinated process between local jurisdictions in order to develop regional solutions. The first RTPs for Klickitat County and Skamania County were adopted in April 1995. The RTPs have been updated over the years with the 2012 Amendments to the 2009 Update to RTP's being the most recent. The RTPs uses 20 years as the horizon year and incorporates the latest available data. The RTPs are developed to meet the magnitude of transportation issues facing each region and the need for cooperation between jurisdictions in order to develop regional solutions. The RTPs are a plan which will meet the transportation needs over the next 20 years by implementing a regional transportation planning process
Skamania County Regional Transportation Plan - Amended December 2011 (55 pages, 886Kb PDF)
Klickitat County Regional Transportation Plan - Amended December 2011 (55 pages, 1675Kb PDF)
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is prepared annually by Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Clark County and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. Development of a UPWP is required under federal law as part of a coordinated regional transportation planning process and is a requirement for continued receipt of federal transportation funds to the region. In Transportation Management Areas (TMAs), such as Clark County, the UPWP must include a description of the planning priorities facing the metropolitan planning area and describe metropolitan transportation planning activities anticipated for the next one or two year period (23 CFR, § 450.308). Revenue sources to carry out the metropolitan transportation planning process are documented in the UPWP with local funds and state funds used to provide required match for federal funds. As has been the experience in recent years, funding levels are subject to change during the course of the year due to federal and state funding decisions and rescissions.
UPWP Adoption Process -- The UPWP is developed annually through RTC's Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), is reviewed by Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Washington State Department of Transportation (Olympia HQ and SW Region) officials. Because Clark County is part of a bi-state region, the UPWP must be developed in coordination with Metro (Portland, Oregon) to satisfy federal requirements. The UPWP is brought to the RTC Board of Directors for adoption. During the course of the fiscal year, the Work Program may be amended to keep it current.
Current UPWP -- The Fiscal Year 2013 UPWP (86 pages, 1.7Mb PDF) was adopted by the RTC Board of Directors on May 1, 2012 and covers the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.