The Smart Building Innovations Panel will explore how Washington can position itself at the forefront of the opportunity created by the convergence of building automation and the internet-connected devices.
Marchione told KING 5, “The best thing for the state of Washington and the Seattle region is a statewide transportation package,” said Marchione. “But they came close and didn’t pass it before, so we have to start thinking about Plan B.”
“We can’t wait two more years,” said Marchione. “We have to move now.”
Every four years, Metropolitan Planning Organizations like PSRC undergo a joint review by Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration staff.
Re-certification means PSRC can continue to fund local transportation projects, such as the recently completed Five Corners Roundabout in Edmonds. PSRC provided $2.4 million to this project.
PSRC’s continued certified status means that federal transportation dollars will continue to flow to the region.
The review process ensures that the regional long-range transportation planning process is meeting federal requirements.
PSRC received several commendations on its transportation planning process and no corrective actions.
Comments from the review team included:
We commend “PSRC for its work in developing its 2014 long-range plan update for Transportation 2040. The update reflects an attempt to address the serious funding shortfall facing the region and establishes a transparent prioritization process for identifying unfunded projects.”
“PSRC has established cooperative, effective working relationships within its membership.”
“PSRC’s planning process reflects a strong commitment to multi-modal transportation as illustrated by its planning activities and decisions and the effective partnership it maintains with local transit providers, as well as, bicycle and pedestrian interests.”