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News Release
Vancouver's Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program encourages residents to explore options for slowing residential traffic - 01/10/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver residents are invited to submit traffic concerns and champion project proposals for possible selection through the 2022 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to help slow traffic along residential streets. The program will allocate approximately $300,000 for traffic calming projects and has opened the call for projects phase of the program.

Residents interested in pursuing a traffic calming project for their residential street can begin by following this two-step process. 

  1. Between January and March 15, submit an official request to be considered for the program. Email requests can be sent to: trafficcalmingprogram@cityofvancouver.us
  2. Submit your specific traffic concerns using an online web application form. Use this submission form to note your concerns of neighborhood speeding and include the location where traffic issues occur. Traffic concerns can be submitted on the following webpage: www.cityofvancouver.us/trafficcalmingconcerns 

The program encourages residents to champion projects through a competitive selection process for funding and implementation. Funding for the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program is available through a combination of Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), Transportation Benefit District (TBD) fees and multiple other revenue sources, providing a 2022 approximate budget of $300,000. Project costs are coordinated through several different strategies and partnerships within city departments to maximize cost efficiencies. More program details can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram.

Vancouver’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program works in close partnership with the independent, community-led Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA). The program offers various resources and project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community. Each year, the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program invites neighborhood residents to get involved by shepherding projects through the competitive process, working closely with city staff and the NTSA as they proceed. Past projects have included signing and surface striping, speed cushions, radar feedback signs and street trees. 

Guidelines for proposals to the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program include:

–  Residents/neighborhood associations may submit only one application per program year 

–  Preliminary project cost estimates will be capped between approximately $120,000 to $150,000 per project

–  Infrastructure projects (proposals that include adding a traffic calming device or structure onto or in the street) will be limited to only residential and collector arterial streets 

–  All projects must meet speed/volume criteria (with the exception of street murals) and demonstrate resident support 

The City of Vancouver brought back the popular Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program in early 2021, and was pleased that all eight projects advanced as part of the competitive program were awarded funding for various traffic calming elements along Vancouver streets. 

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