The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (CTP-HSTP) for the SWRTPO discusses mobility in the region and how it can be improved, especially for people with disabilities, low-income, young and elderly individuals, veterans, and rural residents. The plan covers existing mobility services; additional needs for services identified by transportation providers, human service providers, and the public; and future strategies for meeting those needs in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.
The overall goal of the Regional Mobility Management Program is to coordinate resources to improve the availability and accessibility of transportation services for persons with disabilities, youth, aging adults, rural populations, and individuals of lower income.
As part of the Mobility Management Program, the Mobility Management Coordinator will work with transportation and human service providers serving Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties – the regional area covered by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO), as well as providers serving the cities of Longview, Kelso and Rainier, Oregon – the urbanized area covered by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
CWCOG collaborated with transportation stakeholders in the Longview-Kelso-Rainier Metropolitan Planning Area to develop an up to date ITS architecture for the next 10 to 15 years. A regional ITS architecture is essential for deploying, integrating, and operating technology-based improvements to the transportation system. ITS technologies help advance transportation safety and mobility and improve the movement of goods and services by integrating communication technologies into the infrastructure and connected passenger and commercial vehicles. Maintaining and implementing an ITS architecture will help prevent potential crashes, keep traffic moving, decrease the negative environmental impacts of the transportation sector on society, and help to prepare the region for connected autonomous vehicles.
A development team consisting of CWCOG staff, City of Longview staff, Federal Highway Administration staff and their consultants, worked together to finalize the architecture. The development team held a kick-off workshop in October 2018 to bring together key stakeholders. The workshop provided an introduction to the planned ITS architecture and stakeholders were given an opportunity to provide input on existing and future ITS services.
The development team has aligned the ITS architecture with policies and strategies identified in the recently updated 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. The policies include:
- Multimodal Freight Capacity and Efficiency
- Regional Coordination
- Enhance Existing State Routes
- Modernize and Expand Public Transportation
- Public Transportation Coordination
- Public Transportation New Technology
As part of the process, more than 40 public and private stakeholders have been identified that can benefit from and help to implement a coordinated and integrated ITS architecture. During the October 2018 and following meetings, stakeholders helped create an inventory of existing or planned ITS elements.
Based on the ITS inventory and input from stakeholders on future needs, a list of ITS services has been created. ITS services are the things that can be done to improve the efficiency, safety, and convenience of the regional transportation system though better information and new technologies.