2020 – 2023 M/RTIP: DRAFT

2020 – 2023 Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs

The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) is requesting comments on the
2020 – 2023 Draft Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (MTIP/RTIP).
The MTIP/RTIP is a compilation of federally funded transportation projects as well as
regionally significant state and local transportation projects within the Yakima County
region that are planned or scheduled during the next 4 years.

The Draft MTIP/RTIP is available for public review until
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 on the YVCOG website at:
2020-2023 M/RTIP DRAFT

Comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday October 9, 2019.
Please send your comments or questions to Alan Adolf, Transportation Program Manager,
at (509) 759-7981 or email

YVCOG New Executive Director

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments

YAKIMA, WA, July 18, 2019 –
The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Executive Committee announced
their selection of Christina Wickenhagen as Executive Director.
Ms. Wickenhagen will formally start her new position effective August 1, 2019.

Chris was born and raised in the Yakima area, and graduated from AC Davis High School.
Chris married Kevin in 1984. After college, Chris worked in the private sector until her children
(Savannah and Monique) were born when she stayed home operating a childcare facility.
Chris entered the public service workforce when her children started school and has worked for
the Naches School District, Highland School District as the School to Work Coordinator, and
Selah School District as the High School Building Secretary. Ms. Wickenhagen has worked at the
Conference of Governments since 2011, first as a Finance Officer. She has been the Deputy Director
of YVCOG since 2015. Chris is regionally focused and believes we can accomplish great success
together. She serves on her church board and spends her free time playing with grandkids and
attending community events.

“The Executive Committee and I are pleased that Chris has accepted the position of
Executive Director. As Finance Director she oversaw the transfer from the County’s pay system
to our own, she was also instrumental in establishing our own human resource and IT policies
as well as serving as the Executive Director in Larry’s absence. We are excited about the
future of the YVCOG and look forward to working with Chris’ team to continue to provide the
level of service that our members have grown to expect.”, said Jim Restucci
the YVCOG Executive Board Chair.

Executive Director Moving On

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments:

YAKIMA, WA, July 3, 2019 – The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments Executive
Committee announced that Executive Director Larry Mattson submitted his intent to resign
effective July 31, 2019.

Mr. Mattson informed the Executive Committee of his resignation at their regular meeting on
June 17, 2019. Stating that he had accepted an offer from Jacobs Engineering as their next
Client Account Manager for the Inland Northwest.
Read the media release HERE.

May 10, 2019
Effective July 1st, the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) will be returning
the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program to Yakima County as a compliant and thriving
program! YVCOG managed the Homeless Program for our valley since July 1, 2015.

Read the media release HERE.

Transportation Public Participation Plan

YVCOG Transportation Public Participation Plan: 2020-2045
The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments
Transportation Policy Board approved the 2020-2045 Public Participation Plan
at its June 17, 2019 meeting.

Copies of the Plan are available ONLINE
and in hard copy format at the YVCOG Office –
311 N. 4th Street, Suite 204, in Yakima, WA 98901.

Human Services Transportation Plan Adopted

The YVCOG is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP).  The HSTP  seeks to:

  1. Obtain input representing public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public
  2. Identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, veterans, youth, and people with low-incomes.
  3. Assess the existing transportation resources, needs and service gaps of Yakima County, Washington
  4. Provide strategies for meeting identified local needs
  5. Prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation
  6. Maximize the utilization of resources while minimizing duplication of services
  7. Ensure compliance with Federal transportation laws.

To view the final, adopted plan, proceed to the HSTP PAGE and scroll down to the document links.