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Non-Metropolitan Local Official Consultation Process Review

Every five years, federal regulations require that departments of transportation review their non-metropolitan local official consultation process, provide a period for local governments to comment, and report the results to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

In Washington State, the Department of Transportation (WSDOT) continuously engages in the non-metropolitan consultation process in a number of ways, including regularly meeting with the state’s Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) and the Tribal Transportation Planning Organization (TTPO).

For this round of review and reporting to FHWA and FTA, the WSDOT Transportation Planning Office proposes to continue those meetings and involvement with the RTPOs and TTPO. The attached document describes the elements of the consultation process and its mandates.

This proposal is subject to a 60-day (plus a few days to ensure sufficient print and response time for newsletters) public comment process. WSDOT will disseminate it as follows:

  • Email to Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs), RTPOs, and others who participate in the WSDOT MPO-RTPO Coordinating Committee
  • Email and e-newsletter via the Washington Association of County Officials (WACO), Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC)
  • Hard copy newsletter via WACO and other organizations, as available, for non-metropolitan local officials without broadband Internet
  • Email to representatives from the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington state
  • Posting on this web site

Please review the proposed process (pdf 126 kb).
Provide any feedback to Teri Hickey, (360) 705-7918, no later than Friday, January 14, 2011.