The Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Group (CTAG) is composed of appointees from WCOG’s member jurisdictions 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, offer advisory feedback on various issues to the Whatcom Transportation Policy Board, 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 not eligible to serve on CTAG.
In addition to being an advisory group, CTAG is also a strategy to support community involvement in and discussion of regional transportation issues and decisions about our region’s future. Thus, as part of CTAG, WCOG works with partner agencies and CTAG participants to periodically host workshops, presentations, and other events.
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 the role CTAG plays in helping connect community input with planning and policy for our region’s transportation system.
The CTAG has four scheduled meetings per year — 2nd Tuesday in January, 3rd Tuesday in March, 3rd Tuesday in May, and 1st Tuesday of October. Meetings are from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at WCOG. Please consult the Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.
In addition to scheduled meetings, The CTAG program periodically helps sponsor or host events that help engage our community with timely transportation and related land-use issues.
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 Planner II Jaymes McClain, AICP, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 685-8391.
City of Bellingham
City of Blaine
City of Ferndale
City of Lynden
City of Sumas
City of Nooksack
City of Everson
Members Appointed by WCOG Policy Board
Western Washington University
Whatcom Transportation Authority
Whatcom Transportation Authority
City of Bellingham Public Works
Whatcom County Public Works
Whatcom Council of Governments