What is NEW RTPO?
A good transportation system is essential to Northeast Washington’s quality of life and economic vitality. By analyzing past trends, current conditions and future needs, the Northeast Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (NEW RTPO) works with member jurisdictions and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop regional plans and programs that outline transportation system improvements in accordance with WSDOT priorities. The organization continually works to make more efficient use of resources available to meet the area’s growing transportation needs.
TEDD acts as the lead agency for the NEW RTPO, which was created in 1990. The TEDD Board of Directors governs the NEW RTPO. There is also a NEW RTPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and a Transit Committee that report to the Board on all transportation and transit-related issues.
What does NEW RTPO do?
The NEW RTPO plans involve cities, counties, WSDOT, transit agencies, ports, and private employers.
The NEW RTPO performs the following essential tasks for the region:
- Prepare a long-range Regional Transportation Plan
- Certify that countywide 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
- Prepare a Regionally Coordinated Public Transit- Human Services Plan (CPT-HSTP) every four years, with two-year interim updates to help fund public transportation services.
- Award and fund Transportation Alternative (TA funds) projects and programs throughout the region.
- Assist local government in transportation planning projects, grants, funding resources, and provide various technical assistance to support and assist on local and regional levels.
- Provide a regionawide coordination channel on local and regional projects.
- Provide statewide coordination on state and federal transportation projects and policies.
- Provide a communication channel for the public, legislatures, local, state and federal agencies for the four counties.