TRPC Awards over $11.2 million to Regional Transportation Priority Projects
On December 2, 2022, Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) awarded $11,296,400 in federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) grant funding to 8 local transportation projects. The projects will be implemented between 2024 and 2027.
The 2022 Call for Projects requested proposals that would fulfill TRPC’s funding priorities:
Active Transportation – Projects that support active transportation such as walking and bicycling.
Efficiency – Projects that support meeting adopted vehicle level of service standards; and projects that help support Transportation Demand Management (TDM) goals and decrease annual per capita vehicle miles traveled in the Thurston Region.
Maintenance – Projects that support a pavement “Best First” approach recognizing that regular maintenance is much more cost effective than allowing a roadway to deteriorate and then rebuilding it; projects that support Transit Asset Management targets; projects that keep bridges in a state of good repair; and projects that keep other portions of the transportation system in a state of good repair.
Planning – Projects that develop project lists, support regional coordination, or provide data to inform planning.
Resiliency – Projects that protect the transportation system from natural and technological hazards and disruptions.
Safety – Projects that that help reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads to zero by 2030; projects that help reduce the number of nonmotorist fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads (e.g., bicyclists and pedestrians) to zero by 2030; and projects that help reduce transit-related fatalities, serious injuries, and safety incidents.
TRPC staff, the Technical Advisory Committee, and TRPC’s policy makers used four criteria to evaluate the impact of the projects:
Efficient use of federal funding
Social and geographic equity
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
Investments on urban corridors and in neighborhood centers