First Look at Draft Skagit 2045 Plan: January TPB Packet

The January 2021 Transportation Policy Board meeting materials have been posted, including a first glimpse at the draft Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan!

The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) is the governing body for SCOG’s role as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO). View the current TPB membership here.

At the January meeting, the TPB may take action to release the draft Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan for a formal public comment period.

There are already some changes to make before the final document is ready. These mainly include formatting changes, like finishing up some informational maps. But, if you’d like a first glimpse of the draft Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, click to view the meeting packet below (large file size!):

If you’re interested in attending the January 2020 Transportation Policy Board meeting virtually, click the button below. Please note that public comment is not allowed during the GoToMeeting remote meetings, but you’re welcome to send comments to by Tuesday, January 19. These will be read into the record during the meeting.

That’s all for now! In the coming weeks, we’re hoping to release some of the elements of the draft RTP as interactive maps so that they’re more accessible and readable for you. We’ll also notify you when the formal public comment period for the draft begins. Expect another update soon, and thanks again for your participation and involvement.

Best wishes,

Katie Bunge, Associate Planner


Survey Results and December Updates

We are in the home stretch for the Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan draft! Thank you to all who have participated in our planning process. A draft plan is expected to be released for public comment in late January.

Until then, SCOG staff has been busy working on the various elements of the plan update. These include updating the regional transportation priorities, financial forecasts, and final project list. We’re also forecasting future population and employment, to see how the transportation projects planned in the future could help us meet our travel needs.

Survey Results

As promised, we’ve developed a GIS StoryMap to showcase the results of our survey! We received 166 responses in English and Spanish. While this number doesn’t represent the broad diversity of all viewpoints in Skagit County, we’re very grateful to those who took the time to share your opinions with us. We will also include highlights from these survey results within the Regional Transportation Plan where appropriate.

Stay tuned for more updates as we finalize our project list and analyze our travel demand model results. We’ll also let you know when the draft Regional Transportation Plan is available for public comment.

Katie Bunge, Associate Planner


Transportation Survey Ending and Updates

Skagit 2045 Survey Closing

October is coming to a close and with it, our transportation priorities survey is ending! Thank you to all who have shared your opinions with us. We have received around 150 responses so far. These results will help us to prioritize future funding for transportation projects around Skagit County.

Please consider sharing the transportation survey with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Social distancing shouldn’t mean we lose the voices of the Skagit community!

We will release an infographic with survey results in the coming weeks. Along with this, we’ll analyze all the comments we’ve received from respondents. Stay tuned to hear how your voice is included in the Regional Transportation Plan!

Have even more opinions about transportation in Skagit County? Put them on the map! Pin a comment, recommendation, or concern anywhere in the county with our Transportation Comment Mapper:

Transportation Projects Coming Soon

As our public survey ends, we are switching gears to look at transportation projects. These projects are submitted to us by local agencies in Skagit County. The Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) will include a list of these projects.

Projects in the RTP tend to be capacity expansion projects. This means that the project is designed to support more travelers. These projects can include building new roads, bridges, and trails, purchasing new buses or ferries to transport more people, or building new transit facilities such as ferry terminals. The projects also need to be regionally significant, and impact the Skagit County region.

SR 20/Sharpe's Corner Roundabout
The SR 20/Sharpe’s Corner Intersection was identified as a regionally significant project in the Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Projects in the RTP usually come from local comprehensive plans. Cities and towns vet these projects with the public through comprehensive plan updates. For a map of projects in the current Skagit 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, click below:

In November, SCOG staff will draft a list of transportation projects based on what agencies submit to us. We’ll also determine which of these projects are already funded. Finally, we’ll look at long-range financial forecasts to understand how many of these projects can be funded in the next 20 years.

Thank you for participating in the Skagit 2045 RTP! We look forward to hearing from you, and sharing more updates with you soon.

Katie Bunge, Assistant Planner


Skagit 2045 Website is Live

What will Skagit County look like in 2045? How can we optimize the resources we have to meet current and future needs? These are some of the questions we would like you to help us answer.

The Skagit 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a long-range plan which forecasts transportation demand and funding for the next 25 years, and prioritizes projects in order to meet regional and community needs. The RTP is expected to be adopted in March 2021.

Typically, SCOG staff conduct outreach around the RTP update in person by meeting with city councils, community organizations, and members of the public at events.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been challenged to find a new way to reach out to Skagit residents and hear what’s most important for you in this Plan update. We hope you find the resources and tools on this website valuable.

How can you make your voice heard? Please visit the Engage page to connect with feedback opportunities. Make sure to fill out our transportation priorities survey.

Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.

We may be socially distanced in Skagit County, but we hope to connect with you online during this time. Thanks in advance for your participation!