Secretary Lynn Peterson is new to Washington, but she is no stranger to highway engineering, regional planning and local government.
For the past couple of years she worked as the Sustainable Communities and Transportation Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Peterson has degrees in civil and environmental engineering and urban and regional planning. Her biography includes stints as a county commissioner, staff at Metro (PSRC’s counterpart in the Portland region) and TriMet.
Peterson was appointed Secretary by Governor Jay Inslee, and serves as a member of his cabinet. Read the rest →
California’s department of transportation has adopted new Electric Vehicle signage. The signs are a direct result of PSRC’s work to help the region get ready for electric vehicles.
The old standard signs for electric vehicle charging stations featured a gasoline pump stamped with “EV.” The newer design features a plug instead, signaling a wholly different source of power.
“We’re proud that California has adopted the General Service, Time of Day, Parking Restriction, and Enforcement signage our committee recommended,” said Ivan Miller, co-chair of PSRC’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Technical Advisory Committee.
The signs were part of a set of regulations, codes and standards for electric vehicle infrastructure design to help local governments in their planning for electric vehicles.
In the 1980s, a young Mark Gulbranson from the Puget Sound Council of Governments went looking for the new Pierce County Executive at his office in Tacoma. Something needed to be signed.
A guy asked if he could help, and said “follow me.”
Governor Gardner Signs Amendments to the GMA in 1991
When they got to the Executive’s office, the guy went in and shut the door. The door opened again, with that same guy grinning and introducing himself as: Booth Gardner.
Booth Gardner became active as County Executive on the board of the old Council of Governments.
When he became Governor of Washington, Gardner did two things that still guide regional planning: He signed the state’s Growth Management Act and, with a stroke of a pen, designated the new Puget Sound Regional Council as the place where King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties plan together. Read the rest →