Whatcom Transportation Policy Board

In accordance with urban transportation planning requirements imposed by the Code of Federal Regulations, the Whatcom Council of Governments serves as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Bellingham Urbanized Area. An MPO is required in any urbanized area with a population of 50,000 or more for that region to receive federal transportation funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation has promulgated guidelines to ensure that a “continuing, cooperative and comprehensive” transportation planning process exists to meet established federal, state and local mobility goals. Among the principal products required of an MPO are a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and an annual schedule of funded planning activities known as the Unified Planning Work Program.

With the codification of the Washington State Growth Management Act of 1990, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) were established and WCOG was designated as the RTPO for Whatcom County. The principal responsibility of an RTPO is to prepare and regularly update a regional transportation plan. Since metropolitan and regional transportation plan requirements share common elements, WCOG has combined these plans into one document, known as the Whatcom Transportation Plan.

To ensure that metropolitan and regional transportation planning are carried out in a coordinated process that minimizes unnecessary duplication of work and oversight, the MPO and RTPO policy boards have been merged into the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board (WTPB). In addition to governing the metropolitan and regional transportation planning processes, the WTPB is charged with allocating the combination of federal, state and local funds to the numerous projects contained in the TIP. The WTPB may also request WCOG staff to perform analyses or other research to assist them in understanding the often complex issues they are called on to address.

MEETING DATE

DOCUMENTS

January 18, 2017 Packet  Minutes
October 12, 2016 Packet  Minutes
July 13,2016 Packet  Minutes
May 11,2016 Packet  Minutes
March 9,2016 Packet  Minutes
January 20,2016 Packet  Minutes

Voting Members

Bob Bromley

Chair

Mayor of Sumas

Michael McAuley

First Vice-Chair

Port of Bellingham Commissioner

Jack Louws

Second Vice-Chair

Whatcom County Executive

Terry Borneman

Bellingham City Council

Scott Korthuis

Mayor of Lynden

Kelli Linville

Mayor of Bellingham

John Perry

Mayor of Everson

Harry Robinson

Mayor of Blaine

Satpal Sidhu

Whatcom County Council

Secretary (non-voting member)

Robert H. Wilson, AICP

Executive Director

Whatcom Council of Governments

Ex-Officio Members

Kathy Berg

CTAG Representative

Rep. Vincent Buys

42nd District

Jeff Callender

Northwest Economic Council

Chris Comeau

Transportation Technical Advisory Group Representative (non-voting)

Sen. Doug Ericksen

42nd District

Kathy Hiyane-Brown

Whatcom Community College

Rep. Kristine Lytton

40th District

Rep. Jeff Morris

40th District

Kimberly Perry

Bellingham Technical College

Sen. Kevin Ranker

40th District

Steve Swan

Western Washington University

Rep. Luanne Van Werven

42nd District