Apply for funding:  Eligible projects help people with special transportation needs

Funding is available for projects that provide transportation services to seniors, youth, and people with disabilities or low income.

Snohomish County Transportation Coalition is one agency that provides transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. (Photo: SNOTRAC)

Snohomish County Transportation Coalition is one agency that provides transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. (Photo: SNOTRAC)

Application materials are due to PSRC by 5 p.m. on September 28, 2016.

As in past funding cycles, PSRC and the Washington State Department of Transportation will coordinate their respective funding programs to leverage funding and fill gaps in transportation to people with special transportation needs in the region.

PSRC’s program will fund eligible projects from $4.2 million available from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310  program.  This process also sets priority ranking for state and other FTA special needs transportation funds managed by WSDOT in its Consolidated Grant Program.

For more information, visit PSRC’s special needs funding page or contact Gil Cerise at gcerise@psrc.org or 206-971-3053.

 

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Take a look: Big and small projects to make transportation better

Projects recently funded by PSRC run the gamut from road resurfacing, signal improvements, bus rapid transit, new bike and walking trails, and more.

Redmond will receive $ 152nd Avenue Main Street from 24th Street to 26th Street (inclusive of intersections), with turn lanes where necessary, cycle track, and streetscape improvements.

Redmond will receive $4.4 million to construct the 152nd Avenue Main Street, a major corridor that will serve the Overlake regional growth center, including the new light rail station.

PSRC just wrapped up a major process to decide on the projects that should be funded with money from federal transportation programs.

This year about $700 million was available. About a third of the funds come from the Federal Highway Administration and two thirds from the Federal Transit Administration.

This following list (alphabetical by sponsor) is of projects that were selected for funding from the Federal Highway Administration. The projects are expected to get underway in 2018-2020.

Sponsor Title Total Award
Arlington 204th St Trail $144,200
Auburn A Street SE Preservation (East Main Street to 17th Street SE $881,800
Auburn Auburn Way North Preservation Phase 2 (8th St NE to 22nd St NE) $889,720
Auburn Auburn Way North Preservation Phase 3 (4th St SE to 8th St NE) $975,140
Auburn Lake Tapps Parkway ITS Expansion $711,000
Bainbridge Island Fletcher Bay Shoulder Improvements $389,000
Bainbridge Island Sportsman’s and New Brooklyn Intersection Improvement $156,000
Bellevue BelRed Road Preservation $1,500,000
Bellevue Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail $400,000
Bellevue NE Spring Boulevard Multi-Modal Corridor Zone 1A $5,500,000
Bonney Lake 198th Avenue Road Preservation $105,381
Bothell 228th Street Pavement Overlay Project $830,400
Bothell North Creek Trail Section 4 (from North Terminus of North Creek Trail Section 3 to Filbert Dr) $1,015,800
Bremerton 6th Street Preservation $640,100
Bremerton Warren Avenue Bridge – Shared Use Pathway $475,750
Community Transit Swift II BRT Operating $5,000,000
Community Transit 40 Foot Expansion Buses $1,000,000
Covington 164th Avenue SE Pedestrian Improvements $676,279
DuPont Center Drive Overlay $598,609
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
Federal Way 21st Ave S (S 316th St to S 320th St) Pedestrian Improvements $765,525
Federal Way City Center Adaptive Traffic Control System $860,000
Fife Pacific Highway Overlay $706,387
Fircrest Alameda Grind and Overlay $195,004
Gig Harbor Cushman Trail Phase 5 Planning Study $200,000
Gig Harbor Stinson Ave Overlay $515,000
Issaquah Newport Way NW Improvements, from NW Maple Street to W Sunset Way $1,816,500
Kenmore Simonds Road Overlay $355,351
Kent East Valley Highway Preservation (S 180th St to S 196th St) $1,500,000
King County TDM Corridor Strategies Supporting Centers $4,184,900
King County Marine Spirit of Kingston Certified Marine Engine Repower Project $235,729
King County Metro King County Metro Transit Speed and Reliability Corridor Improvements – Auburn to Renton $988,176
King County Metro Non motorized Access to Transit $1,314,077
King County Metro Regional Park-and-Ride Access Improvements $2,818,378
King County Parks Department Eastside Rail Corridor Wilburton Segment Design $2,000,000
King County Roads 2018 King County Overlay-White Center Overlay $1,500,000
King County Roads 218th Avenue SE Reconstruction $759,337
King County Roads Stillwater Hill Road Reconstruction $4,370,941
Kirkland 124th Avenue NE Roadway Improvements $1,378,508
Kitsap County Carney Lake Road $389,000
Kitsap County Ridgetop Boulevard Green Streets Phase 2 $1,188,000
Kitsap County Seabeck Highway #2 $941,000
Kitsap County Silverdale Way Preservation $930,000
Kitsap County Totten Road $723,000
Kitsap Transit Hwy 16 Park and Ride Alternatives Analysis $249,000
Kitsap Transit Kitsap Transit Bike Barn Rehabilitation $248,000
Kitsap Transit Wheaton Way Transit Center $800,000
KRCC SR305 Improvements Study $367,625
Lakewood Steilacoom Blvd. ROW: Weller Rd. SW to Phillips Rd. SW $605,000
Lakewood Steilacoom Boulevard/88th St. SW Overlay – Weller Road to Custer Road $747,000
Lynnwood 42nd Avenue W Improvements $1,297,500
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
North Bend Downtown Plaza $1,367,369
Pacific West Valley Highway Reconstruction $630,000
Pierce County Fillmore Drive NW / 56th Street NW $625,650
Pierce County Orting Kapowsin Highway East $2,170,000
Pierce County Steilacoom Ferry Landing – Wing Walls and Dolphins $950,000
Pierce County Transportation Options: Building Connections $778,500
Pierce Transit Clean Fuels Bus Replacement/Expansion $1,796,800
Port of Everett Port of Everett Diesel Emission Reduction Project $3,000,000
Port of Seattle NWSA  Freight  Advanced  Traveler  Information  System  (FRATIS) / King County Portion $519,000
Port Orchard Tremont Street Widening $1,680,447
Poulsbo Noll Road Phase 1 Construction $3,429,448
Puyallup North Levee Road Overlay $750,000
Puyallup Safe Routes to School – Wildwood Park Drive Sidewalk, 31st Ave SE to Ferrucci Jr. High $301,740
Redmond 40th Street Shared Use Path $206,500
Redmond 152nd Avenue Main Street $4,400,000
Renton Connecting Downtown Renton Improvements – Phase 2 $3,850,000
Renton Lake Washington Loop Trail – Phase 3 $1,694,278
Renton Renton Ave South Preservation Project $1,020,700
Sammamish Inglewood Hill Rd Pavement Overlay $285,000
Sammamish Sammamish, WSDOT and King County ITS Improvement Project $1,299,250
Seattle 15th Ave NE Preservation $1,500,000
Seattle 25th Ave NE Preservation $1,500,000
Seattle Center City Gateway ITS $5,555,000
Seattle Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit $4,900,000
Seattle Melrose Avenue E Protected Bicycle Lanes and Neighborhood Greenway $3,010,991
Seattle N 34th Street Protected Bicycle Lanes and Protected Intersections $951,000
Seattle NE Pacific St Preservation $1,500,000
Seattle Center City Connector $7,300,000
Seattle S Lander St Grade Separation $9,594,692
Shoreline 15th Avenue NE Preservation $587,289
Shoreline SR-523 (N/NE 145th Street) & I-5 Interchange $3,892,500
Snohomish Bickford Ave Overlay $384,000
Snohomish County Adaptive Signal Control System – Phase 2 $1,730,000
Snohomish County Transportation Demand Management on Regional Corridors $865,000
Snohomish County Richardson Creek Bridge #300 Replacement $1,760,900
Snohomish County Sno. Co. Rural Roads Pres. $979,100
Snohomish County 35th Ave SE: 180 St SE to 152 St SE (Seattle Hill Road) Phase 1 $3,089,260
Snoqualmie Town Center Phase 3A $473,300
Sound Transit Kent and Auburn Sounder Station Access Improvements $1,500,000
Sound Transit Light Rail Extension from Angle Lake Station to Kent / Des Moines $13,000,000
Sound Transit Sounder Station Access Improvements $6,700,000
Steilacoom Steilacoom Blvd. Non-Motorized Improvements $1,556,100
Sumner 142nd Ave E Resurfacing $747,800
Sumner Bridge Street Bridge Construction $1,500,000
Tacoma 56th St and Cirque Drive Corridor Improvements Phase 2 $6,955,729
Tacoma Pipeline Road/Cross County Commuter Connector Trail $2,042,600
Tacoma Taylor Way Rehabilitation $1,384,300
Tukwila Strander Blvd/SW 27th St Extension $5,146,750
University Place 35th Street Improvements $442,000
University Place 67th Avenue Overlay $392,700
University Place Bridgeport Way Phase 4 $1,730,000
University Place Mildred Overlay $357,000
WSDOT SR 167 NB/ SR 410 to SR 18 – Congestion Management $5,015,000
WA State Ferries/Bainbridge Island Sound to Olympics Trail Extension & Bainbridge Ferry Terminal Ped Bridge Replacement $2,100,000
WA State Ferries /Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Vessels Reduce Diesel Fuels Program CMAQ Diesel Particulate Emissions $3,300,100
TOTAL $203,912,250

Background information and an interactive web map of projects can be found on this page.

Another set of projects was funded through Federal Transit Administration programs. The funds are awarded to the region’s transit agencies based on an “earned share” formula that takes into account how many riders are served and other characteristics. The agencies also receive funding for preservation projects.

See the list of FTA funded projects.

All of the recently funded projects will be incorporated into a new Regional Transportation Improvement Program that will be modeled for air quality and released for public comment in September.

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Manchester Stormwater Park Wins VISION 2040 Award

Congratulations to Kitsap County!

Andrew Nelson, Director of Public Works, Tim Beachy, Project Manager, Edward Wolfe, County Commissioner District 3, Charlotte Garrido, County Commissioner District 2, Josh Brown, Executive Director PSRC, and Robert Gelder, County Commissioner District 1 at the award presentation.

Andrew Nelson, Director of Public Works, Tim Beachy, Project Manager,
Edward Wolfe, County Commissioner District 3,
Charlotte Garrido, County Commissioner District 2, Josh Brown, Executive Director PSRC,
and Robert Gelder, County Commissioner District 1 at the award presentation.

The county has won a 2016 VISION 2040 Award for its Manchester Stormwater Park.

The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

“Treating stormwater is vital to the region’s water quality,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s Executive Director. “We appreciate the vision to expand the treatment area, maximize water quality and correct flooding issues while also creating a beautiful public open space. You’ve turned a necessity into an amenity.”

Partners in the work include: Parametrix, NL Olson and Associates, and Northwest Cascade.

 

 

 

 

 

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Region meeting air quality standards for ozone

Ozone is often an air quality concern on hot days like we’ve had recently. But data from the last few years shows that the region is having success in meeting tightened federal standards for ozone.

photo of blue sky with white clouds

By remaining in compliance with state and federal air quality standards, the region can continue to receive federal funds for transportation.

While ozone gas is essential in the Earth’s upper atmosphere to protect us from UV rays, it’s a different story at ground level where it acts as a pollutant harmful to human health.  Bad ozone is formed when hot sun reacts with emissions from cars and other sources.

In a recent recommendation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Ecology has proposed that all areas in Washington should be classified as in “attainment” with the ozone standard, or are unclassifiable due to insufficient monitoring data.

Ecology is asking for public comment on the recommendation through September 16.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) to protect public health and the environment.

All of the monitors show ozone levels below the 70 ppm standard from EPA.

All of the monitoring sites show ozone levels below the 70 parts per billion standard from EPA. (Source: Washington Dept. of Ecology)

PSRC has a role in ensuring healthy air quality in the region. Under federal and state regulations, PSRC is required to demonstrate that the long-range metropolitan transportation plan, Transportation 2040, and the Transportation Improvement Program conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Air Quality.

 

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Oso Recovery Plan wins VISION 2040 Award

Congratulations to the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County! The North Stillaguamish River Valley 2015 Economic Redevelopment Plan has won a 2016 VISION 2040 Award.

Patrick Pierce, President and CEO, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Bob Drewel, WSU,  Mayor John Nehring, City of Marysville, Council President Terry Ryan, Snohomish County, Josh Brown, PSRC, Mayor Barb Tolbert, City of Arlington, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, and Glenn Coil, Public Policy Mgr, EASC, at the award presentation.

Patrick Pierce, President and CEO, Economic Alliance Snohomish County,
Bob Drewel, WSU,
Mayor John Nehring, City of Marysville,
Council President Terry Ryan, Snohomish County, Josh Brown, PSRC, Mayor Barb Tolbert, City of Arlington, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, and Glenn Coil, Public Policy Mgr, EASC, at the award presentation.

“The Economic Recovery Plan for the communities affected by the Oso landslide is an excellent example of how our region can come together to respond effectively to all stages of disaster relief,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s Executive Director. “This plan is helping people rebuild their lives after a natural disaster that took its toll on the local economy as well.”

The plan includes action steps and lead organizations to achieve six goals: infrastructure, industry and employment, community and workforce development, resilience and sustainability, placemaking, and rural innovation.

Partners in the work include: City of Arlington, Town of Darrington, Snohomish County, Washington State University, Community Attributes, and Workforce Snohomish.

The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

 

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UW’s Burke Gilman Trail improvement project complete

The opening of a new and improved section of the Burke-Gilman Trail on the University of Washington campus was cause for celebration this week.

This newly opened section of the Burke Gilman will soon be packed with students and commuters.

This newly opened section of the Burke Gilman will soon be packed with students and commuters. (Photo – UW)

PSRC contributed $3 million to the project.

The project doubles the width of the trail between 15th Ave NE and Rainier Vista and creates separate pathways for pedestrians and bikers.

Safety improvements include better intersection markings, new overhead LED lights, and additional blue emergency phones.  The project is also building a new secure bike house, which is expected to be complete later this month.

Use of the trail is expected to accelerate in coming years as Link light rail ridership continues to grow. Also, the new SR 520 bridge walking and biking path is set to connect to Montlake Boulevard NE in summer 2017, and a new Life Sciences Complex is scheduled to open along the trail in 2018.

State funding for another set of trail renovations on the east end of campus from Rainier Vista to NE 47th Street was included in the Connecting Washington package.  That project is expected to get underway between 2021 and 2025.

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Roger Millar named new Secretary of Transportation

Governor Jay Inslee has announced the appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, effective immediately. Millar, who had been serving as deputy secretary for the past year, was appointed acting secretary in February.

Roger Millar is the new Secretary of Transportation for Washington State.

Roger Millar is the new Secretary of Transportation for Washington State.

Millar oversees an agency of 6,800 employees with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3,800 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger- and freight-rail programs and Washington State Ferries, the nation’s largest ferry system.

“Roger has proven to be a well-respected leader with an impressive ability to bring people together and find sensible solutions to difficult problems,” Inslee said. “He will be overseeing our historic new transportation investment package and is already bringing innovative efficiencies to WSDOT that will save time and money on projects across the state.”

Millar has nearly 40 years of experience in the transportation and planning area. He has worked in construction, design, planning, research, policy development, management and administration in both the public and private sectors. Millar has served as public works director, city and county planning director, and vice president of a multinational engineering firm. Before joining WSDOT, he worked for five years as vice president of a national not-for-profit organization providing technical assistance to state transportation agencies in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont. Millar was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999.

Millar has already been serving on PSRC’s Executive Board as the acting secretary and will continue to in his new role.