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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN Metro AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL

THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into this __th day of_______________, by and between Metro and the SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL (hereinafter referred to as "RTC").

  1. Metro is the Metropolitan Planning Organization designated by the Governor of Oregon as the agency responsible for cooperative regional transportation planning in the Oregon portion of the Portland/Vancouver Urbanized Area in compliance with Section 134 of Title 23, U.S.C., and Section 3 1601, et. of Title 49 U.S.C.
  2. RTC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization designated by the Governor of Washington as the agency responsible for cooperative regional transportation planning in the Washington portion of the Portland/Vancouver Urbanized Areas in compliance with Section 134 of Title 23, U.S.C., and Section 3 1601, et. of Title 49 U.S.C.
  3. Metro and RTC desire to maintain mechanisms that will ensure adequate coordination of transportation policies, plans, and programs of interstate significance.
  4. Metro and RTC desire to define responsibilities in carrying out the technical aspects of the regional transportation planning programs.
  5. Metro's Future Vision Plan requires coordination and review with Clark County representatives and allows new actions or changes only after discussion with representatives from Southwest Washington (Exhibit A, Policies (Goals and Objectives)).

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

ARTICLE I
COORDINATION MECHANISMS

Section 1. The Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee of Metro includes members from the following groups in the State of Washington: C-TRAN, the Washington Department of Transportation, and RTC.

Section 2. The Regional Transportation Advisory Committee of RTC includes membership from Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Section 3. The Metro Joint Policy Alternatives Committee on Transportation includes three Washington state members from Clark County, the City of Vancouver, and the Washington Department of Transportation.

Section 4. The RTC Board of Directors includes representatives of Metro and ODOT officials.

Section 5. The Bi-State Transportation Committee was created by joint resolution of the RTC Board and Metro in May 1999. The Committee is charged with reviewing all issues of bi-state significance for transportation and presenting any recommended action to RTC and JPACT. The intergovernmental agreement between RTC and Metro states JPACT and the RTC Board "shall take no action on an issue of bi-state significance without first referring the issue to the Bi-State Transportation Committee for their consideration and recommendation." Metro and RTC recognize that the Bi-State Transportation Committee will be modified consistent with the recommendation of the I-5 Trade and Transportation Partnership to coordinate on issues of Bi-State significance dealing with transportation, land use and economic development.

Section 6. The staffs of Metro and RTC will communicate on a regular basis to ensure adequate coordination of the following: (1) the technical aspects of regional transportation planning; (2) efforts to evaluate alternative policies involving issues of interstate significance; and (3) activities involved in developing, evaluating, and refining proposals to be included in regional transportation plans and programs.

Section 7. The Regional Transportation Plan (including the Transportation Systems Management Element) and improvement programs (including the Air Quality Conformity Statement) prepared by Metro for the Oregon portion of the urbanized area, are to describe how issues of interstate significance are addressed. Before either the metropolitan plan or improvement program for its planning area is adopted by Metro, RTC will be consulted. Any comments or concerns expressed by RTC are to be considered before adoption. Comments will be solicited from RTC and considered by Metro before Metro approves any plan or TIP amendment having interstate significance.

Section 8. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (including the Transportation Systems Management Element) and improvement programs (including the Air Quality Conformity Statement) prepared by RTC for the Washington portion of the urbanized area, are to describe how issues of interstate significance are addressed. Before the regional transportation plan or improvement programs for its planning area are adopted by the RTC governing body, Metro will be consulted. Any comments or concerns expressed by Metro are to be considered before adoption. Comments will be solicited from Metro before RTC approves any plan or TIP amendment having interstate significance.

Section 9. RTC and Metro will consult with one another to prepare an annual Unified Work Program (UWP) describing federal funded transportation planning activities to be undertaken. This document is to be adopted by both the Metro Council and the RTC governing body.

ARTICLE II
PLANNING RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1. Metro and RTC are responsible for preparing regional transportation plans and improvement programs for their respective planning areas. These efforts are to be coordinated as described in Article II.

Section 2. Metro and RTC are responsible for maintaining and applying techniques for simulating regional travel/air quality implications of transportation/land use proposals and alternatives.

Section 3. Metro is the lead agency for the overall development of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area travel forecasting process. Metro's responsibilities include coordination of data, model procedures, and model development/refinement. Metro will maintain an adequate zone and network structure within Clark County to conduct bi-state multi-modal analysis and to allow RTC to conduct Intra-Clark County regional analysis.

Section 4. RTC is the lead agency within Clark County for coordination with Metro to ensure bi-state consistency and consistency within Clark County among model input data elements, model assumptions, and output multi-modal travel forecasts.

ARTICLE III
TERMINATION, EXTENSION, AND MODIFICATION

Section 1. This agreement is to be reviewed and renewed tri-annually with the approval of the annual Unified Work Program.

Section 2. This agreement may be modified or terminated at any time with the mutual consent of the parties in writing.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed in their respective names by their authorized representatives.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
Chairman
Executive Director

METRO
Chief Operating Office

Updated: 07/06/2011
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