$71 million proposed for King County transportation projects

King County has finalized its recommended project list to receive $71 million in federal transportation funds available through a countywide competition.

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit  would receive $4,900,000 for preliminary engineering if the project list is approved by the Executive Board in October 2016.

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit would receive $4,900,000 for preliminary engineering if the project list is approved by the Executive Board in October 2016.

In King County, the countywide group King County Project Evaluation Committee coordinates a competitive process to select projects for a share of federal funds coming to the region.

Examples of projects recommended for funding are:

Seattle, Center City Gateway ITS, $5,555,000

Bellevue, NE Spring Boulevard Multi-Modal Corridor Zone 1A, $5,500,000

North Bend, Downtown Plaza, $1,367,369

Pacific, West Valley Highway Reconstruction, $ 630,000

Sound Transit, Kent and Auburn Sounder Station Access Improvements, $1,500,000

Port of Seattle, NWSA Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS), $519,000

King County Roads, Stillwater Hill Road Reconstruction, $4,370,941

Renton, Lake Washington Loop Trail – Phase 3, $1,694,278

Shoreline, 15th Avenue NE Preservation, $587,289

 

All projects recommended for funding through the countywide forums and through PSRC’s regional competition will go to the Transportation Policy Board on July 14.  Following public comment, the Executive Board will take final action in October.

In all, the region has the responsibility for selecting projects to receive nearly $700 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds in 2016.

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FAST Act Advisory Group meets tomorrow in Olympia

Governor Jay Inslee has convened an advisory group to consider changes to the distribution of future federal transportation funds.

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An old state policy doesn’t match the system it is meant to support. In addition to roads and bridges, local governments support other vital parts of the transportation system, including transit.

The old split of 66% for state highways and 34% for all local transportation projects, including transit, was established in 1991 by Governor Booth Gardner.

Leaders across the state are advocating for a new policy that recognizes the big growing role of local government, transportation choices and the pace and nature of growth and development statewide.

A 15 member group will meet tomorrow for the first of three scheduled meetings.

The outcome is expected to help determine how many millions in Federal Highway Administration funds are spent through 2020.

Three FHWA programs are expected to be the focus of attention:

National Highway Performance Program

This program is designed to support the state’s National Highway System.  At $2 billion, the program will bring in over half of FHWA funding available to the state through 2020.  Twenty-three percent of all NHS routes in the state are local.  Yet for the past four years, these local arterials have only been getting 6% of NHPP funding.  A big question is:  How can the state support the safe and reliable performance of the entire system, when the locally owned parts are only getting 6% of overall funds?

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program

There is almost $950 million available through 2020.  This program has broad eligibility for roads, transit, freight and non-motorized projects.  Currently 71 % is allocated to local projects, through competitive regional decision-making.  PSRC is conducting project selection right now for about $700 million in FAST-Act funds, including FHWA funding.

National Freight Program

There is $108 million available through 2020 in this new program.  State and local projects are eligible – and primed to compete.

Any new policy will require the support of Governor Inslee and leaders in the state legislature, in addition to the backing of the advisory group.

New state transportation revenue forecasts show $2.5 billion more available to the state over the next 10 years than when Connecting Washington was enacted, providing an opportunity to change policy while supporting state projects that are already counting on future funds.

You can see a presentation on this topic to the PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board here – starting about 41 minutes into the meeting.

 

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Comment on the draft Public Participation Plan

Got some ideas on how PSRC can improve outreach and public participation? PSRC is seeking comment on the 2016 update to the Public Participation Plan.

We want to hear from you! PSRC is taking comment on its draft Public Participation Plan.

We want to hear from you! PSRC is taking comment on its draft Public Participation Plan.

The 45-day public comment period will run from June 27 to August 10, 2016.

The draft plan reflects PSRC’s current practices for public involvement, consultation with interested parties, interagency consultation, and agency governance and operations, all in one document for public reference. The new draft includes expanded social media on Facebook and Twitter, use of a blog, and translation services.

How to make a comment:

Email: Michele Leslie at mleslie@psrc.org

US Mail: ATTN: Michele Leslie, 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104

In person: Any PSRC board or committee meeting, see calendar

PSRC worked with its membership, boards and committees, interagency consultation process, stakeholder groups, interested parties and the public to develop its public involvement practices. PSRC adopted its first Public Participation Plan in 1993.  It was updated in 1994, 2002, 2007 and last in 2012. It was refined through public processes by incorporating outreach strategies that proved effective in involving the public during specific studies, as well as new federal and state guidance.

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PSRC to review plan updates and certification process

Today the PSRC Executive Board discussed an upcoming assessment of the region’s comprehensive plan updates and certification process.

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Downtown Duvall (click on the photo to watch a video about the city showing its revitalizing downtown)

Representatives from Snoqualmie, North Bend, Duvall and other cities expressed concerns to the board about issues related to conditional certification of plans.

The region’s 86 jurisdictions have completed or are in the process of updating their comprehensive plans – updates required by the Growth Management Act every eight years.

PSRC’s review and certification of major plan updates is concluding this year. Final action for the vast majority of plans from King, Pierce and Snohomish communities occurred in April. Certification of plans from Kitsap communities will take place this fall.

The comp plan assessment project will help identify and evaluate issues that emerged through the plan updates, consider different approaches to address those issues, and to identify areas where PSRC might refine VISION 2040 strategies and multicounty planning policies in a future VISION 2040 update.

PSRC will seek broad input from local jurisdictions and other key stakeholders that may include focus groups, surveys, individual interviews, or outreach to countywide planning coordinating bodies.

A smaller working group of local planning staff will analyze the information assembled through this process and draft a final report with conclusions and recommended next steps.

The Growth Management Policy Board will take up the assessment project at their meeting on July 7.

More information: 

Watch the meeting video:  public comment starts at 13:27; presentation and discussion at 1:11:00)

News coverage: Seattle Times & KIRO 7

Watch or attend the Growth Management Policy Board meeting, July 7, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

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$456 million proposed for transit

The region’s transit agencies would receive $456 million in federal funds under a recommendation by PSRC’s Transportation Operators Committee today.

Pierce Transit would receive $15.6 million for purchase of new buses.

Pierce Transit would receive $15.6 million for purchase of new buses.

The money would help pay for bus replacements, maintenance on Link and Sounder rail, ferry repairs and more.

It’s part of PSRC’s project selection process that distributes funds from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration every two to three years.

The region’s transit agencies receive a share of funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

A policy framework adopted by PSRC’s Executive Board guides how funds are distributed. The majority of the funds are divvied up among the transit agencies by “earned share” based on how much service they provide and other factors such as population density.

Another share of the funds is targeted for preservation.

Some of the projects include:

King County Metro – Bus Replacements $108,847,493

Kitsap Transit – Bus and Over-the Road Coach Purchase  $9,956,361

Pierce Transit – Clean Fuels Bus Replacement/Expansion  $1,575,795

Washington State Ferries – Vessel Preservation and Improvement  $2,421,798

Everett Transit – Everett Station Preventive Maintenance and Rehabilitation  $3,846,894

More information is available here, including the full list of recommended projects.

The funding recommendation will go to the Transportation Policy Board on July 14.  Following a public comment period, the Executive Board will act on project approval in October.

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Non-voting seats available on PSRC boards

PSRC is seeking diverse representatives from regional interests to serve as non-voting members on PSRC’s two primary advisory boards – the Transportation Policy Board and the Growth Management Policy Board.  Interest groups that would like to apply should do so by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Interested in regional transportation or growth planning? Apply for a non-voting seat on one of PSRC's boards.

Interested in regional transportation or growth planning? Apply for a non-voting seat on one of PSRC’s boards.

Each board has openings for seats in the categories of business/labor and community/environment.  The seats are for 3-year terms.  Appointees should be prepared to commit several hours each month to engage in discussion on important regional issues.  It also is important to appoint an alternate who can serve if your organization’s representative is not able to attend.

Transportation Policy Board

The Transportation Policy Board advises PSRC on coordination of long-range regional transportation planning and makes recommendations on priorities for federal funding available through the PSRC.  It meets on the second Thursday of most months from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at PSRC in Seattle.  More information can be found at www.psrc.org/about/boards/tpb.

Growth Management Policy Board

The Growth Management Policy Board’s advises PSRC on guiding the implementation of VISION 2040, the region’s growth management strategy.  It meets on the first Thursday of most months from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at PSRC in Seattle.  More information can be found at www.psrc.org/about/boards/gmpb.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application and return it to the Puget Sound Regional Council no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016.  Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the Policy Board Chairs and leadership at the PSRC.  We anticipate making a decision on members in late October 2016 in order for new members to be seated in January 2017.

PSRC seeks diversity on its boards and everyone is welcome to apply.

Questions can be directed to Sheila Rogers at (206) 464-5815 or srogers@psrc.org.

 

 

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Projects to improve transportation in Snohomish County

Snohomish County has finalized its top picks to receive $25 million in federal transportation funds available through a countywide competition.

Mountlake Terrace would receive $4 million for reconstruction of 236th St SW from the Transit Center to 56th Ave W. It’s a key investment supporting the city’s plans to create a walkable town center and improve connectivity between downtown and the new regional transit center and future light rail station.

Mountlake Terrace would receive $4 million for reconstruction of 236th St SW from the Transit Center to 56th Ave W. It’s a key investment supporting the city’s plans to create a walkable town center and improve connectivity between downtown and the new regional transit center and future light rail station.

In Snohomish County, the countywide group Snohomish County Tomorrow coordinates a competitive process to select projects for a share of federal funds coming to the region.

The projects recommended for funding include:

Arlington, 204th St Trail, $144,200

Bothell, North Creek Trail Section 4, $1,015,800

Bothell, 228th Street Pavement Overlay Project, $830,400

Community Transit, 40 Foot Expansion Buses, $1,000,000

Edmonds, 84th Ave Overlay from 220th St SW to 212th St SW, $691,200

Everett, California Street PED/Bike Corridor, $901,600

Everett, Everett Overlay  $624,000

Lynnwood, 35th/36th Ave W Improvements, $3,000,000

Marysville, 80th Street NE Non-Motorized, $272,458

Marysville, Sunnyside Overlay, $497,381

Mill Creek, Seattle Hill Road Preservation, $720,000

Monroe, Chain Lake Road Phase 2a, $1,515,692

Monroe, US Hwy 2 Non-Motorized Share-Path, $90,250

Mountlake Terrace, Main Street Reconstruction-Phase 1   , $4,059,840

Mukilteo, SR 526 Shared Uses Path, $60,000

Mukilteo, 88th Street SW and Chennault Beach Rd Pavement Preservation, $443,919

Port of Everett, Diesel Emission Reduction Project $3,000,000

Snohomish, Bickford Ave Overlay, $384,000

Snohomish County, Richardson Creek Bridge #300 Replacement, $1,760,900

Snohomish County Rural Roads Preservation, $979,100

Snohomish County, 35th Ave SE: 180 St SE to 152 St SE (Seattle Hill Road) Phase 1, $3,089,260

All projects recommended for funding through the countywide forums and through PSRC’s regional competition will go to the Transportation Policy Board on July 14.  Following public comment, the Executive Board will take final action in October.

In all, the region has the responsibility for selecting projects to receive nearly $700 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds in 2016.