More PRTPO Info
Senior Planner / Peninsula RTPO Coordinator
WSDOT, Olympic Region Planning
Phone (360) 357-2675
Fax (360) 357-2748
Peninsula RTPO Members
Executive Board Chair
Commissioner David Sullivan
Executive Board Vice Chair
Chief Operations Officer
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Technical Advisory Committee Chair
Senior Transportation Planner
|Executive Board||Technical Advisory Committee|
|Clallam County||Clallam County|
|Jefferson County||Jefferson County|
|Kitsap County||Kitsap County|
|Mason County||Mason County|
|City of Bainbridge Island||City of Bainbridge Island|
|Port Angeles||Port Angeles|
|Port Orchard||Port Orchard|
|Port Townsend||Port Townsend|
|Clallam County Port Districts||Clallam County Port Districts|
|Jefferson County Port Districts||Jefferson County Port Districts|
|Mason County Port Districts||Mason County Port Districts|
|Clallam Transit||Clallam Transit|
|Jefferson Transit||Jefferson Transit|
|Kitsap Transit||Kitsap Transit|
|Mason Transit||Mason Transit|
|WSDOT, Olympic Region||WSDOT, Olympic Region|
|Washington State Ferries||Washington State Ferries|
|Hoh River Tribe||Hoh River Tribe|
|Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe||Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe|
|Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe||Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe|
|Makah Tribe||Makah Tribe|
|Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe||Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe|
|Quileute Tribe||Quileute Tribe|
|Squaxin Island Tribe||Squaxin Island Tribe|
|Skokomish Tribe||Skokomish Tribe|
|Suquamish Tribe||Suquamish Tribe|
|Port Townsend Paper||Port of Hoodsport|
What is an RTPO
A Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) is formed through a voluntary association of local governments within a county or contiguous counties. RTPO members include cities, counties, WSDOT, tribal governments, ports, transportation service providers, private employers and others.
What is the purpose of an RTPO
RTPOs were authorized as part of the 1990 Growth Management Act to ensure local and regional coordination of transportation plans.
What do RTPOs do
RTPO planning must involve cities, counties, WSDOT, transit agencies, ports and private employers. Among other duties individual RTPOs may perform to serve their membership, RTPOs are required to:
- Prepare a Regional Transportation Plan
- Certify that county wide planning policies and the transportation element of local comprehensive plans are consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan
- Develop and maintain a six-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program
How are RTPOs different than Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
State legislation (GMA) created RTPOs. An RTPO covers both urban and rural areas and receives state funding in support of its planning efforts. Federal legislation created Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). An MPO covers an urbanized area and receives federal funding in support of its planning efforts.
MPOs and RTPOs serve the same basic transportation planning functions - develop a long-range plan, coordinate within a region, and prepare a transportation improvement program. The federal MPO and state RTPO requirements of these organizations are complementary. The lead agency for a RTPO is also the lead agency for the MPO within the region (except Lewis-Clark Valley MPO because it is a bi-state organization).
What makes the Peninsula RTPO unique among RTPO's in Washington State?
The Peninsula RTPO is the only RTPO which has WSDOT (Olympic Region) as it's lead agency for staffing and administration. From the beginning of the organization, the Peninsula RTPO counties (Clallam, Mason and Jefferson) decided to receive their Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding directly from the state and not through the Peninsula RTPO. So the Peninsula RTPO does not provide funding to its local jurisdictions and members, except when it receives enhancement grant funding.
Kitsap County, which has dual membership in the Peninsula RTPO and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) receives its funding through the PSRC.
What is WSDOT's role with RTPOs
WSDOT provides administrative and technical assistance, supports RTPO coordination activities, and actively participates in the regional transportation planning process.