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This month, TCAMPO staff kicked off the creation of our Regional Multimodal Mobility Plan with the consulting firm Michael Baker International (MBI). Multimodal mobility focuses on de-emphasizing car-centric infrastructure and culture to create a more friendly and accessible urban landscape for cyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users. The process will feature a diverse steering committee made up of locality staff, community stakeholders, local businesses, and partner organizations, as well as several public engagement sessions across the Tri-Cities area. The steering committee will meet every month, in which TCAMPO and MBI staff will present the latest progress on the plan and solicit feedback from members. Public engagement sessions will target areas of the Tri-Cities communities with the greatest number of transit users, including seniors and those with disabilities, as well as the region’s Spanish-speaking population for whom bi-lingual materials will be made available. It is imperative to our goals that the marginalized populations within our region be centered in order to emphasize equity and inclusion throughout the planning process.  

Network and needs analyses will identify approximately ten key locations for interventions that maximize regional multimodal connectivity, with a concentration on first-mile and last-mile travel to and from common destinations. Such destinations include medical centers, schools and universities, and commercial/industrial areas to ensure access to key services, education, and employment opportunities. Cross-sections, such as the one above, will depict various options to rework roadways to be more inclusive and safer for people traveling outside of a personal vehicle. Bike lanes, bus stops, and sidewalks are all viable interventions that favor multimodal mobility.  These recommendations will include potential funding sources so TCAMPO’s locality staff can begin implementation activities as soon as the plan is finalized.  

Upon its completion, the TCAMPO Regional Multimodal Mobility Plan will serve as a template for a multimodal study that encompasses the entire Crater PDC region. We hope that this plan will not only create more livable communities, but also generate economic growth and attract new residents.  

TCAMPO staff anticipates that plan to be completed by mid-2025. Check out craterpdc.org for regular updates on the planning process and how you can get involved in shaping the future of transportation in our region.