VISION 2040 Award nominations open

PSRC is now accepting nominations for the 2014 VISION 2040 Awards. The deadline to submit is March 31, 2014.

VISION 2040 Award nominations are open until March 31, 2014.

VISION 2040 Award nominations are open until March 31, 2014.

The awards recognize the superb work being done to achieve the region’s growth, economic, and transportation strategy, VISION 2040.

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke will chair this year’s Awards Selection Committee.

PSRC honors businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations who do creative work to provide transportation access and mobility, enhance our natural environment, bring jobs closer to where people live, focus high quality housing where the infrastructure needed to support it already exists, and improve the quality of life in the central Puget Sound region.

Previous award winners include the YWCA Family Village Issaquah, Jackson Hydroelectric Project Enhancements, and the Lyndon Avenue North Complete Street Project.

Award nomination materials are available online here or by contacting Michele Leslie Potter at 206-587-4819, mleslie@psrc.org.

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PSRC works with the region’s Tribes

PSRC has provided over $11 million in federal funds to 12 transportation projects on Tribal lands in the region since 1995.

New PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown meets with Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe in Bremerton. Chairman Forsman is a member of PSRC's Economic Development District Board.

New PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown meets with Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe. Chairman Forsman is a member of PSRC’s Economic Development District Board.

The central Puget Sound region is home to nine federally-recognized Tribal Governments.

All Tribes within the region are encouraged to become members of the PSRC.

Currently, The Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Council and The Suquamish Tribe are full PSRC members and the  Snoqualmie Tribe and The Tulalip Tribes are associate members. Full membership includes voting seats on PSRC’s General Assembly, Transportation and Growth Management Policy Boards.

In addition, four Tribes have seats on PSRC’s Economic Development District Board.

PSRC also works with the Tribal Transportation Planning Organization to better understand the transportation needs of the region’s Tribes.


Funding for safe routes to school, pedestrian and bicycle projects

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced a call for projects to apply for funding through its Pedestrian and Bicycle and Safe Routes to School programs.

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Applications are due for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program on May 11, 2014.  Applications are due for the Safe Routes to School Program on May 5, 2014.

A no-cost webinar will be held on March 3, 2014 to provide an overview of both programs, including the evaluation criteria and application materials.

More information on the webinar including registration details, is available on the WSDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Program Call for Projects Webinar website.

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Reeves at 360-705-7258, or by email at ReevesP@wsdot.wa.gov.

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Ask the Info Center: Rural transportation resources

Q: Does PSRC have resources for rural transportation?

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A: Yes! We have a program to support rural centers and corridors.

In 2013, PSRC completed a project selection process for the $3 million Rural Town Centers and Corridors Program.
The next process will be conducted in 2015.

We also created a toolkit on context-sensitive solutions for these areas.
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Three things like Colorado

  1. Superbowl teams
  2. Legal marijuana
  3. And special funding for arts, science, heritage and culture?
Representative Larry Springer is the prime sponsor of HB 2212 - to grow access to culture in Washington

Representative Larry Springer is the prime sponsor of HB 2212 – to grow access to culture in Washington

State Representative Larry Springer of Kirkland made the comparison with a smile, but he’s serious about expanding access to arts and culture for all Washingtonians.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important a thriving arts scene is to local businesses,” says Springer, who has run a small business in Kirkland for about 30 years.

Last week the state House Finance Committee took up legislation based on work at the Puget Sound Regional Council that is now backed with organized statewide support from Cultural Access Washington.

The bill is modeled after Denver’s success story, but is adapted to grow access to culture – along with healthy economies – within any county in Washington.  It allows counties to raise up to 1/10th of a cent in sales tax, or the equivalent in property taxes, for culture.

Tomorrow similar legislation, sponsored by Senator Andy Hill of Kirkland, will have a hearing in Hill’s Ways and Means Committee.

Access to arts, culture, science and heritage attracts talented people and helps local communities and businesses thrive.  That’s why this effort is a priority in Prosperity Partnership’s advocacy on behalf of the region’s economy.

 

 

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Comment on the draft update to Transportation 2040

PSRC is seeking public input on the Transportation 2040 Update – Draft Report.

The new 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

The new SR 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

Transportation 2040 is the region’s long-range plan for transportation.

It describes the investments and strategies to accommodate growth and meet the region’s transportation needs for the next 30 years.

The plan was adopted in 2010 and is updated every four years.

The updated Transportation 2040 plan includes new forecasts, new analysis tools, and a revised financial strategy that deals with the impacts of the recession.

Analysis shows the updated plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, delay, vehicle miles traveled and vehicle hours traveled.

The revised Transportation 2040 also updates the Coordinated Transit-Human Services Plan and Regional Transportation Demand Management Plan and adds a new Active Transportation Plan.

The draft report and appendices are available for review here or contact PSRC’s Information Center at 206-464-7532 for print copies. The public comment period will run from January 23 to March 10, 2014.

How to Comment:

E-mail: transportation2040@psrc.org

U.S. Mail: Amy Ho, PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104-1035

In Person: Transportation Policy Board: 9:30 a.m., February 13, 2014, at PSRC offices

Fax: 206-587-4825

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Action on transportation plan, funding framework

It’s a packed agenda for the next meeting of PSRC’s Executive Board this Thursday, January 23.

Crews preparing for the SR 99 tunnel route. The Executive Board will act on an amendment to the  project  on Thursday.

Crews preparing for the SR 99 tunnel route. The Executive Board will act on an amendment to the project on Thursday.

Top of the list is the Transportation 2040 update, which is scheduled to be released for public comment.

The board will also take action on the policy framework for the next round of PSRC funding set to begin this spring. PSRC will be selecting transportation projects in 2014 to receive about $700 million in federal funds.

The Executive Board will also consider an amendment to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program for 29 projects.

Four of the projects are related to the state Department of Transportation’s 520 bridge and Alaskan Way Viaduct projects.

Also, the board will take action on endorsing transportation recommendations to the Legislature.

The meeting is Thursday, January 23, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., in PSRC’s Board Room.  Check out the agenda here.

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