Bertha tunneling near PSRC

The highway 99 tunnel project is picking up steam.

As of May 23, Bertha had tunneled 2,145 feet of the 9,270 feet required to finish the tunnel.

As of May 23, Bertha had tunneled 2,145 feet of the 9,270 feet required to finish the tunnel.

Bertha is expected to come within about 150 feet of the southeast corner of PSRC’s building at 1011 Western Avenue.

The latest report from Monday puts Bertha in Zone 3 of the tunnel route between Columbia and Madison streets.  PSRC’s building is near the start of Zone 4 between Madison and Seneca.

Crews above ground have been spotted at Madison so she may be getting near or already passed by without anyone noticing.

The state’s department of transportation publishes Bertha updates on their Follow Bertha page on Mondays and Thursdays, and on Twitter @BerthaDigsSR99.

Bertha’s route will go past the current SR 99 off-ramp to Seneca Street and then on through downtown beneath First Avenue.

WSDOT is monitoring  the ground, utilities and buildings above and near the tunnel route for any effects from tunnel construction.

The new tunnel could open in 2018 if work stays on track.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement is one of the major projects included the region’s transportation plan, Transportation 2040.

The tunnel is planned to replace the seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct. The project includes removal of the existing viaduct structure and decommissioning of Battery Street Tunnel.

You can find out more about the project here.

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Region is way ahead on project delivery

Local governments are exceeding expectations for delivering transportation projects funded through PSRC.

Nearly $5 million in PSRC funds was awarded to the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal project.

The Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal project has delivered on nearly $5 million in PSRC funds in 2016.

Regions across the state have annual targets they must meet for the use of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds.

In central Puget Sound, these funds are distributed through a competitive selection process coordinated by PSRC.

The goal is to ensure funds are put to work to improve transportation as quickly as possible.

Projects that have already obligated 2016 funds include the Mukilteo multimodal terminal, the east segment of the Foothills Trail, and Sumner’s Puyallup Street Overlay.

By the end of April, the region’s project sponsors had already delivered 84% of the annual target due by August.

With its high rate of project delivery, the Puget Sound region is well positioned to receive additional funds other states can’t obligate.

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PSRC’s NextGen study honored by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has recognized PSRC’s NextGen study with a Certificate of Excellence.

Helping the region’s airports get ready for NextGen. From left: Randall Fiertz (FAA), Robin Mayhew (PSRC), Charlie Howard (PSRC), and Jason Ritchie (FAA).

Helping the region’s airports get ready for NextGen. From left: Randall Fiertz (FAA), Robin Mayhew (PSRC), Charlie Howard (PSRC), and Jason Ritchie (FAA).

PSRC is leading a project to help the region’s general aviation airports prepare for the next generation air transportation system.

NextGen will revolutionize how airplanes fly and how airspace is managed. Technology will transform air traffic control from a ground-based radar system to a satellite-based system, allowing aircraft to safely fly closer together on more direct and precise routes.

NextGen satellite-based arrival procedures are already being used by major airlines at commercial airports like Sea-Tac, saving fuel, reducing emissions and noise, and improving safety.

PSRC’s study identified NextGen actions and improvements the region’s general aviation airports could take to implement the new technologies.

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Last call for VISION 2040 Award nominations!

May 20 is the deadline for VISION 2040 Award nominations.

Nominate projects, plans and programs for the VISION 2040 Awards until May 20, 2016.

Nominate projects, plans and programs for the VISION 2040 Awards until May 20, 2016.

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

Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Debora Nelson will Chair the 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.

Presentations will be made to the winners throughout the summer.

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

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PSRC welcomes fellow from the Philippines

PSRC is hosting a development management officer from the Philippines.

Welcome to PSRC, Pauline Ferrero!

Welcome to PSRC, Pauline Ferrero!

Pauline Anne Ferrero works for MinDA, a Philippine government agency that promotes and facilitates the participation of all sectors in the socioeconomic development of Mindanao.

Ms. Ferrero is part of the Investment Promotion Division of the Investment Promotion and Public Affairs Office, where she works with private sector partners, investors, and business stakeholders, and links them to small and medium enterprises across Mindanao.

She is interested in experiencing how planning, implementation, and monitoring processes are applied to development, trade and investment planning, promotion and facilitation work, and strategic marketing and communication of trade and investment opportunities.

The program that brings Pauline to PSRC is through the Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program (PFP) under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). This two-way exchange embraces the power of individual citizens to find creative solutions to challenges they face in their home communities.

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Puget Sound region has fastest-growing transit ridership in U.S.

At a rate of 3.6% per year, the region’s transit boardings have grown faster than any other large metropolitan area in the United States since 2005.

The region has the highest vanpool rate in the country by over 1 million users.

The region has the highest vanpool rate in the country by over 1 million users.

The next fastest growing area is Tampa-St. Petersburg at around 3.1%. Puget Sound’s annual transit growth is three times faster than the Portland Metro region.

The region also has the distinction of being the vanpool capital of the country — exceeding the next closest region of Los Angeles County by over 1 million vanpool trips a year. Note that Los Angeles County is over 10 million people and we are about 3.9 million, our vanpool boardings per capita are almost three times higher than Los Angeles.

Find out more, here.

 

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