New map shows where transportation projects are in the region

PSRC has put together a new web-based map of the $4.8 billion in total transportation investments that are up for public comment as part of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

The map includes detailed project descriptions, funding sources, and information about where these projects are located in terms of congestion, concentration of poverty, and land uses.

The map includes detailed project descriptions, funding sources, and information about where these projects are located in terms of congestion, concentrations of poverty, and land uses.

The projects are funded with federal, state, or local funds, including the nearly $700 million in funds awarded and managed through PSRC’s project selection process.

Hundreds of transportation improvements – bridge repairs, new light rail extensions, bus service, pavement preservation, sidewalks and more – will be underway through 2018 around the region.

Not all of the 253 projects listed in the Regional Transportation Improvement Program can be mapped. Bus replacements, safety improvement programs, and emissions reductions projects can be viewed here.

The public comment period will run through October 30, 2014. PSRC’s Executive Board is scheduled to approve the final 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program on October 30.

How to make a comment:
Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Kelly McGourty
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035
E-mail: tipcomment@psrc.org
In Person: October 9 or October 30 at PSRC offices, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle


Darrington completes key school project

Just after school broke for lunch yesterday the Town of Darrington cut the ribbon on a new street just out front.

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Whitehorse Mountain looms big over ribbon cutting for Darrington’s new Fir Street.

The town’s new Fir Street has sidewalks and drainage and will make for a much safer route to school.

The project wound up being completed on time even after the town was overwhelmed by the Oso landslide in March.

The state’s Transportation Improvement Board took emergency action to fully fund the project and keep it on track.

Mayor Dan Rankin said yesterday that recreational businesses hit pre-recession levels this past summer.

He credited a state funded ad campaign with keeping people coming through despite major reconstruction of Highway 530.

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Sidewalks, drainage, striping and parking make Fir Street a safer route to school.

The state expects to complete work on the main route to Darrington by next month.

Streets around town were rehabbed the summer – with part of $5 million in emergency funding from the PSRC.

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PSRC seeking public comment on $4.8 billion Regional Transportation Improvement Program

PSRC is recommending projects to receive more than $686 million in PSRC funds and is encouraging public comment on the $4.8 billion draft regional Transportation Improvement Program that includes all major projects funded in the region from 2015 to 2018.

The highest priority in Transportation 2040 is to maintain, preserve and operate the  region’s transportation system, and as the chart indicates, preservation represents the largest  percentage of projects in the Draft 2015-2018 Regional TIP.

The highest priority in Transportation 2040 is to maintain, preserve and operate the region’s transportation system, and as the chart indicates, preservation represents the largest
percentage of projects in the Draft 2015-2018 Regional TIP.

“We hope folks will take a look at how projects were selected for PSRC’s funding,” said PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown.  “The projects are the result of a transparent and competitive process.  The projects were selected on their merits, including their ability to support the region’s overall strategy to sustain our economy and environment as we grow.”

A complete list of projects and more detailed information is available online at psrc.org. Many of the projects can also be viewed geographically on PSRC’s Web based map.

The public comment period is scheduled for September 11 – October 30, 2014. PSRC’s Executive Board is scheduled to approve the final 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program on October 30.

How to make a comment:
Mail: Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Kelly McGourty
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035
E-mail: tipcomment@psrc.org
In Person: October 9 or October 30 at PSRC offices, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle


253 transportation projects worth $4.8 billion underway in region through 2018

Hundreds of transportation improvements – bridge repairs, new light rail extensions, bus service, pavement preservation, sidewalks and more – will be underway through 2018 around the region.

The highest priority in Transportation 2040 is to maintain, preserve and operate the  region’s transportation system, and as the chart indicates, preservation represents the largest  percentage of projects in the Draft 2015-2018 Regional TIP.

The highest priority in Transportation 2040 is to maintain, preserve and operate the region’s transportation system, and  preservation represents the largest percentage of projects in the Draft 2015-2018 Regional TIP.

Next week, PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board is expected to release all of them for public comment before the region’s transportation improvement program is finalized later this year.

The Regional TIP organizes transportation projects in all four counties of the region.  These projects are funded with federal, state and local funds, including the most recent projects selected by PSRC.

PSRC is responsible for modeling the projects for air quality impacts and makes sure the projects are in sync with the region’s long-range plan.

Look for more news next Thursday.  And watch the meeting here at 9:30 am.


Touring the Redmond Central Connector

The City of Redmond has transformed an old rail line into a new trail and linear park that connects to the regional trail system.

The Redmond Central Connector features striking public art.

The Redmond Central Connector features striking public art.

The 1.1-mile Central Connector trail links the historic Old Town with the newer Redmond Town Center.

Members of PSRC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee are taking a tour of the Connector on foot and bike today.

The trail project and other investments by the city are aimed at making downtown Redmond a magnet for people to live, shop and gather — and eventually catch a ride on light rail.

In 2010, PSRC provided $2.3 million in federal transportation enhancements funds for the first phase of the Central Connector project.

The second phase of the Redmond Connector is in design now with construction anticipated to start in spring 2015. It’s among the projects recommended for funding by PSRC’s Executive Board in July.

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Special Needs Transportation Funding Call for Projects

PSRC’s 2014-2015 Coordinated Grant Program for special needs transportation projects is now underway.

The call for projects for $4.4 million in PSRC Special Needs Transportation Funds is now underway!

The call for projects for $4.4 million in PSRC Special Needs Transportation Funds is now underway!

This program will fund $4.4 million in eligible projects from Federal Transit Administration Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program  funds and ranks projects applying to WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant Program.

Application materials are available online and are due to PSRC on September 30, 2014.

Those applicants who are seeking these funds are still required to submit an eligibility screening form to gcerise@psrc.org no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014  to be eligible for these funds as part of the PSRC competitive grant process.

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President signs transportation bailout

President Obama put an end to months of uncertainty on Friday when he signed legislation patching the Highway Trust Fund through May.

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is urging Congress to enact a long term transportation solution

The day before, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx held a nationwide town hall to encourage people to engage in a long term fix now.

“We can’t wait until May,” Foxx said.

The Administration is promoting its “GROW AMERICA Act” as a solution.

The region is counting on federal funds in the future.

This month the Puget Sound Regional Council is busy preparing the region’s next Transportation Improvement Program.  It will include projects counting on federal funding through 2018.

The new TIP will be released for public comment in September.

The current program includes over 500 projects and programs in the region that are counting on over $2.7 billion in federal funds through 2016.