The public comment period on the special needs projects will run from December 11, 2014 through January 22, 2015.
How to make a comment:
Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Gil Cerise
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035
In Person: January 8 at 9:30 a.m. or January 22 at 10 a.m. at PSRC
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.”
Redmond Mayor and PSRC Vice President John Marchione told the Transportation Policy Board yesterday that his number one transportation priority in 2015 is a new comprehensive statewide package.
Redmond Mayor John Marchione advocates for statewide transportation investments 2015 – and a “sub-regional” approach should state leaders fall short
He called on the PSRC to develop a more detailed and balanced regional transportation request to the 2015 state legislature to show “how it all comes together.”
And he noted that frustration about the legislature’s inability to produce a statewide package last year, combined with doubts about progress next year, is driving consideration of a “sub-regional” alternative.
His pitch was greeted with head nods around the table.
Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, who chairs the Board, proposed a subcommittee to develop “what a sub-regional package might look like.”
Balducci noted that the regional alternative is necessary if state leaders can’t find common ground on a statewide package.
The subcommittee is expected to be assembled quickly.
The Transportation Policy Board will spend its next two meetings working on recommendations to the legislature for the Executive Board to take up on January 22nd.