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Debbie Clemen
Senior Planner / Peninsula RTPO Coordinator
WSDOT, Olympic Region Planning


(360) 704-3204

(360) 357-2748

5720 Capitol Boulevard
Tumwater, WA 98504
PO Box 47440
Olympia, WA 98504-7440

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Debbie Clemen
Senior Planner / Peninsula RTPO Coordinator
WSDOT, Olympic Region Planning


Phone (360) 704-3204
Fax (360) 357-2748

Peninsula RTPO Members

Executive Board Chair

   Annette Nesse
   Chief Operations Officer
   Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Executive Board Vice Chair

   Mike Oliver
   Development Manager
   MAson Transit Authority

Executive Board Secretary

   Commissioner Judy Scott
   Port of Allyn

Technical Advisory Committee Chair

   Rich James
   Senior Transportation Planner
   Clallam County

Technical Advisory Committee Vice Chair

   Mike Oliver, Vice Chair
   Development Manager
   Mason Transit Authority


Executive Board Technical Advisory Committee
Clallam County Clallam County
Jefferson County Jefferson County
Kitsap County Kitsap County
Mason County Mason County
City of Bainbridge Island City of Bainbridge Island
Bremerton Bremerton
Forks Forks
Port Angeles Port Angeles
Port Orchard Port Orchard
Port Townsend Port Townsend
Poulsbo Poulsbo
Sequim Sequim
Shelton Shelton
Clallam County Port Districts Clallam County Port Districts
Jefferson County Port Districts Jefferson County Port Districts
Mason County Port Districts Mason County Port Districts
Clallam Transit Clallam Transit
Jefferson Transit Jefferson Transit
Kitsap Transit Kitsap Transit
Mason Transit Mason Transit
WSDOT, Olympic Region WSDOT, Olympic Region
Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries
Hoh River Tribe Hoh River Tribe
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Makah Tribe Makah Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Quileute Tribe Quileute Tribe
Squaxin Island Tribe Squaxin Island Tribe
Skokomish Tribe Skokomish Tribe
Suquamish Tribe Suquamish Tribe
Port Townsend Paper Port of Hoodsport


What is an RTPO

A Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) is formed through a voluntary association of local governments within a county or contiguous counties. RTPO members include cities, counties, WSDOT, tribal governments, ports, transportation service providers, private employers and others.

What is the purpose of an RTPO

RTPOs were authorized as part of the 1990 Growth Management Act to ensure local and regional coordination of transportation plans.

What do RTPOs do

RTPO planning must involve cities, counties, WSDOT, transit agencies, ports and private employers. Among other duties individual RTPOs may perform to serve their membership, RTPOs are required to:

How are RTPOs different than Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

State legislation (GMA) created RTPOs. An RTPO covers both urban and rural areas and receives state funding in support of its planning efforts. Federal legislation created Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). An MPO covers an urbanized area and receives federal funding in support of its planning efforts.

MPOs and RTPOs serve the same basic transportation planning functions - develop a long-range plan, coordinate within a region, and prepare a transportation improvement program. The federal MPO and state RTPO requirements of these organizations are complementary. The lead agency for a RTPO is also the lead agency for the MPO within the region (except Lewis-Clark Valley MPO because it is a bi-state organization).

What makes the Peninsula RTPO unique among RTPO's in Washington State?

The Peninsula RTPO is the only RTPO which has WSDOT (Olympic Region) as it's lead agency for staffing and administration. From the beginning of the organization, the Peninsula RTPO counties (Clallam, Mason and Jefferson) decided to receive their Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding directly from the state and not through the Peninsula RTPO. So the Peninsula RTPO does not provide funding to its local jurisdictions and members, except when it receives enhancement grant funding.

Kitsap County, which has dual membership in the Peninsula RTPO and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) receives its funding through the PSRC.

What is WSDOT's role with RTPOs

WSDOT provides administrative and technical assistance, supports RTPO coordination activities, and actively participates in the regional transportation planning process.


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