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Metro 2035 RTP Update

In December 2009, the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation and the Metro Council approved a draft Regional Transportation Plan that includes all elements of the Alternative 7 recommended by the I-5/99W Project Steering Committee.

To view the 2035 RTP Update website, click here.

Last February the I5-99W Connector Project Steering Committee recommended a variety of transportation investments to improve the area's road, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and trail networks and to distribute traffic across a network of three arterials so that no single route would function as a defacto through "connector." The committee's recommendation also included eight conditions that must be met before the southern arterial can go forward.

JPACT and the Metro Council's action in December approved the steering committee's recommendations and conditions, defined a phasing strategy for implementing the study recommendations and added conditions for advancing the Southern Arterial element of Alternative 7. All of the conditions will need to be met through future local and regional planning efforts and those efforts will include opportunities for further public participation and input.

To read descriptions of the projects related to Alternative 7 as approved by JPACT and the Metro Council in December 2009, click here to view the pdf file.

For descriptions of the phasing strategies please click here.

Next Steps

  • Produce final RTP document, project list, and document findings of consistency with federal and state law from Dec. 2009-March 15, 2010.
  • Assess the effect of the financially constrained project list (the list of projects that would be eligible for federal funding) on the region's air quality from January and February 2010.
  • Release a final draft of the RTP and air quality analysis for a 45-day public comment period from March 15 - April 29, 2010
  • After considering public comment, consider final approval of RTP
    • MPAC (June 9, 2010)
    • JPACT (June 10, 2010)
    • Metro Council (June 10, 2010).