The Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG) is composed of individuals from throughout Whatcom County with an interest in regional transportation planning. Its purpose is to facilitate ongoing citizen participation in support of the Whatcom Metropolitan Planning Area Transportation Planning Process and to serve as the Community Advisory Panel for the Whatcom Transportation Authority. Elected officials representing any portion of Whatcom County or professional staff from entities with membership on the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board are ineligible to serve on CTAG.
CTAG traces its origins to the Whatcom Transportation Summit held in May 2001, when more than 150 community members and leaders gathered to lay the groundwork for a more coordinated, comprehensive and community-based transportation policy. Summit participants agreed that more work was needed to translate community concerns into ongoing input that transportation planners and decision-makers could use in developing the region’s transportation policy. Out of that effort came a report entitled It Matters How We Get There, which led to the establishment of CTAG in 2003. In July 2013, the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board adopted Bylaws that institutionalize role CTAG plays in making the region’s transportation system, and the mechanism for transportation decision-making, more responsive to the needs of Whatcom County residents.
Meetings of CTAG are normally held the day before Whatcom Transportation Policy Board meetings, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at WCOG. Please consult the Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.
CTAG Projects and Activities
- Participated in the development and review of WCOG’s 2017 metropolitan & regional long-range transportation plan update, Whatcom Mobility 2040.
- Reviewed and made recommendations for improving transportation project selection criteria.
- Sponsored a consultant to help Whatcom County communities become more walkable and made related presentations to the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board, the Washington State Transportation Commission, and the Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board.
- Encouraged Whatcom County and its cities to adopt “complete streets” policies, and with the Whatcom County Department of Health hosted a complete streets workshop for local elected officials and the staffs of WCOG’s member jurisdictions.
- Current projects underway include discussions of freight issues, emerging technologies and transportation system funding.
For more information about CTAG, please contact WCOG Director of Planning, Hugh Conroy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 685-8384.
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Members Appointed by WCOG Policy Board
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Western Washington University
Whatcom Transportation Authority
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Whatcom County Public Works
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