Regional Transportation Planning, Research, Investment Strategies, and Funding.

RTC Adopts 2024 Regional Transportation PlanFeb 2024
The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors adopted the 2024 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties on February 6, 2024 via resolutions 02-24-03, 02-24-04, and 02-24-05. The three RTPs are the foundational document for transportation infrastructure, policy, and planning and identifies future regional transportation system needs and outlines transportation plans and improvements necessary to preserve mobility within and throughout the region, as well as access to land uses within the region.
Board Endorses YR 2024 State Legislative StatementDec 2023
The RTC Board of Directors joined with dozens of government agencies and regional stakeholders by endorsing the Clark County Transportation Alliance 2024 Policy Statement. The 2024 Policy Statement advocates for new state funding for projects and ongoing programs, and a commitment to support legislative leaders in pursuing those outcomes.
2023 Annual ReportDec 2023
RTC published its annual report of key program activities and outcomes for year 2023. Key highlights of 2022 included the awarding of nearly $7 million in regional grant funding to twelve RTC Board selected projects, securing an additional $13.5 Million for one-time awards, and and adopting a four-year investment program to advance over $760 million in regional multi-modal investments.
RTC Board Awards $3.7 million for Transportation ProjectsOct 2023
On October 3, 2023 the RTC Board awarded funds to the following transportation projects within Clark County:
  • C-TRAN’s Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit Expansion
  • WSDOT’s I-5, SR 502 to Cowlitz Way Southbound Ramp Meters
  • Camas’s SR 500/Everett, NE 35th Av. to NE 42rd Av Road Improvement
Board Approves 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement ProgramOct 2023
The 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was adopted by the RTC Board of Directors on October 3, 2023. The TIP provides a summary of upcoming regionally significant transportation projects within Clark County, Washington. The 2024-2027 TIP programs $760 million over the next four years for transportation improvements.
2023 VAST Annual Report Oct 2023
RTC files FFY2023 VAST Annual Report, highlighting regional efforts to improve traffic operations and agency coordination within Clark County.
Clark County Travel Study Resumes This FallOct 2023
The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council with support from the Washington Department of Transportation and other agencies, have launched a transportation survey to better understand how people travel throughout Clark County. Full Press Release Here
RTC Secures additional $13.5 million for Transportation ProjectsSept 2023
The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has secured an additional $13.5 million in federal transportation funding to construct four transportation projects within Clark County. Full Press Release Info Here
RTC Board Awards $3.1 million for Bike and Pedestrian ProjectsJune 2023
On June 6, 2023, the RTC Board of Directors selected eight bike and pedestrian projects within Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties to receive approximately $3.1 million in federal Transportation Alternatives funding. All were community-based projects that expand travel choices, improve the travel experience, and enhance mobility and safety. The projects are located in the cities of Bingen, La Center, Vancouver, Stevenson, Washougal, White Salmon, and in unincorporated Clark County.
Regional Traffic Volumes Rise and AM Congestion Remains ModerateMay 2023
YR 2022 traffic volumes throughout Clark County show volumes have nearly returned to pre-COVID pandemic levels. Preliminary findings from RTC’s annual Congestion Management Process (CMP) highlight persistent trends in work from home and shifting AM travel trends. First look data indicate traffic volumes on key Clark County freeway segments are comparable to pre-pandemic conditions. Changes in travel patterns and behaviors, combined with regional investments in active traffic management and ramp-meter systems, led to reduced travel times and congestion in the AM commute period.
Demographic Profile and Population Forecast Reported to BoardOct 2023
Clark County population grew by 18%; between 2010 and 2020, and, YR 2045 population forecast may reach nearly 700,000 persons. This top-line data, including comprehensive demographic assessments of population, housing, employment and transportation characteristics, were reported to the Board of Directors in March. Reports were delivered as part of the Clark County Regional Transportation Plan update, which is now underway. Individual report presentations can be found here: Clark Co. Demographic Profile; 2045 Growth Projection.