Transportation Projects to Move Forward

Action to adopt a new Transportation Improvement Program worth $7.9 billion over four years is scheduled for the Executive Board meeting on October 25. PSRC’s website has a handy Project Map which makes it easy to zoom in and see projects planned in your community.

Also on the agenda is a presentation by Elson Floyd, President of Washington State University, and a long-standing co-chair of the Prosperity Partnership.


Growing Transit Communities to Host Workshop

Growing Transit Communities is working to help make the most of the voter-approved $15 billion investment in regional rapid transit.

A major product will be Corridor Action Strategies, which will detail the actions and tools needed to make it easier to develop jobs and housing in areas associated with transit investments.

An upcoming Growing Transit Communities workshop will encourage discussion and information-sharing to help inform Corridor Action Strategies.

The free workshop will be October 30, 3-6 p.m., in the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center. You can register online.


Making Progress on VISION 2040

At its meeting on October 11, the Growth Management Policy Board heard about progress on VISION 2040, the region’s strategy for growth, transportation, environmental, and economic planning.

VISION 2040 includes more than 60 specific actions designed to make the strategy work.  Here are a few examples of the implementation actions that are complete or are well underway:

Starting next year, PSRC will get going on the next set of VISION 2040 actions, which could include an industrial lands inventory, pursuit of additional funding for regional growth centers, and support for the 2015-2016 local comprehensive plan updates.  You can read the entire list of VISION 2040 actions and timeline here.


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At PSRC: Murray and Larsen Join To Help Wounded Vets Have Families

Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen borrowed the Boardroom at the PSRC today for a news conference on legislation to end a ban on certain reproductive health care benefits for wounded veterans and their spouses.

You can find out more about the legislation here.

The news conference also featured wounded veterans and their families, along with veterans support groups.

The region is home to over 59,000 active duty military personnel, along with their families.  The region’s military economy employs more than 91,000 people  – more than double the national average.

Prosperity Partnership works with a broad coalition of government, labor and veterans associations on things that help military families thrive here and ease their transition into civilian life.  Recent successes include changes in state regulations that ease commercial driver’s license certification for truck drivers trained in the military.


Census Workshop on October 25

The Puget Sound Regional Council, in conjunction with the Census Bureau, is sponsoring a hands-on training workshop on American FactFinder and Data Ferrett.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012, in the computer lab in Room 117, Savery Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. There will be two sessions: AFF in the morning and Data Ferrett in the afternoon.

American FactFinder (AFF) is a web tool that provides general public access to downloadable Census data, including tables and maps. Data Ferrett (DF) is a relatively new software being offered by the Census Bureau for the more proficient higher level data user.

The workshop is free but space is limited to 40 seats. Please RSVP by October 16th to Marina King at or (206) 389-2878 and indicate if you want to attend both morning and afternoon sessions or just one or the other.


$7.9 Billion in Projects Proposed

Chart showing types of projects in the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program

Types of projects in the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program

On Thursday, October 11, the Transportation Policy Board is scheduled to recommend the draft Transportation Improvement Program for 2013-2016 — totaling more than $7.9 billion.

PSRC is responsible for maintaining the region’s Transportation Improvement Program, which is a really big list of projects funded with federal, state and local funds. The $7.9 billion will leverage a total of $17.5 billion in total project costs.

Many of the projects can be viewed geographically on PSRC’s Project MapPublic input is encouraged.

Puget Sound Trends: Growth is Picking Up

Annual Population Change in the Central Puget Sound Region

Annual Population Change in the Region

The region is experiencing an upswing in population growth. Central Puget Sound added 27,000 persons — a growth rate of 0.7 percent — between 2011 and 2012, bringing the total regional population to 3,742,600 as of April 1, 2012.

Population is growing as the regional economy recovers from the recession.  More people are migrating to the region to find jobs.

You can read more about population in the latest issue of Puget Sound Trends, which gives the population estimates for all the cities, towns, and counties in the region.

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