Transit access and parking

A new analysis of regional transit access and parking is being developed as part of the Transportation 2040 update.

PSRC is working with the region’s transit agencies, all of whom have recently completed or updated long-range plans, to develop a sketch of the regional transit network today, in 2025, and in 2040.

How transit agencies’ long-range plans sync with the development of Transportation 2040.

New analysis tools show how far people can travel on transit by location in 2016 compared to 2040 after new investments have come online.

Parking is a growing transit access issue in the region. The transit parking supply grew by 5% from 2010 to 2016, while demand for those spaces grew by 9%.

The Transportation Policy Board will be discussing this work and giving direction for developing a strategy to improve transit access at its meeting on March 9, 2017.

See the full agenda here or watch it live at 9:30 a.m.



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Transit funding competition begins

PSRC has issued the call for projects for the Regional FTA Competition.

March 17 is the deadline to apply for the Regional FTA Funding Competition.

Roughly $32 million is available to transit agencies for projects in the region.

The regional competition selects a limited number of high priority regional transit projects that support centers and connecting corridors.

The funding process will be kicked off with a workshop at PSRC on February 14 at 10 am. A webinar option is available.

This is the final component of the overall 2016 project selection process for PSRC’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds.


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Regional transit ridership growth still going strong

Monthly transit boardings were up about 3.6% in the first five months of 2016, once again outpacing employment and population growth.


Over the past five years, transit ridership is up over 13% since May of 2011.

Boardings on all modes of public transit have increased so far in 2016.

The Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium stations have greatly contributed to increased light rail ridership, where boardings were up almost 5% between April and May of 2016 alone.

Boardings on regional ferry routes have also increased over 2015 levels for every month in 2016 so far, for a total of 9.6 million boardings between January and May 2016.

See the full trend for additional data.

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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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$19 million more for transit

An extra $19 million for bus purchases, maintenance and other transit investments is coming to the region.

Intercity Transit will receive funding reflecting its commuting services into the region.

Intercity Transit will receive a share of the region’s federal transit funding because the agency provides commuting service into the region.

On Thursday, June 9, the Transportation Policy Board will make a recommendation on the projects receiving funding.

The region receives funds from the Federal Transit Administration based on formula that considers service and operating characteristics of each transit agency, as well as regional attributes. The exact funding amount is adjusted annually.

PSRC originally distributed 2016 funding from the Federal Transit Administration as part of the 2014 project selection process using an estimate based on previous funding levels.

When FTA published the 2016 allocations to its funding programs, PSRC’s 2016 FTA funds were higher than originally estimated by $19.4 million.

Two transit agencies outside the region – Intercity Transit in Thurston County and Skagit Transit in Skagit County – will receive some of the funding because they provide service to people commuting into the region.

Some of the projects recommended for funding:

King County Metro – Trolley Bus Replacement – $4,624,579

Intercity Transit – Replacement Fixed Route Coaches  – $2,859,986

Sound Transit Regional Express Bus Program – $3,495,417

Kitsap Transit – North Kitsap Base – $490,318

The Transportation Policy Board will  meet on Thursday, June 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in PSRC’s board room. You can find full agenda packet here.

Other agenda items include:

  • Overview of Special Needs Transportation and Approval of Updated Section 5310 Program Management Plan
  • Travel Trends presentation
  • ORCA Data Analysis Project


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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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Driving alone to work declining, transit use growing over the past 5 years

Across the Puget Sound region, more people are taking transit and walking to work, while driving and riding in personal vehicles is decreasing.

Region wide transit use is growing and driving alone is lowering.

Region wide transit use is growing and driving alone is decreasing.

This trend is amplified in the densest urban areas and most regional growth centers, and strongest among younger residents.

Between 2010 and 2014, the share of people traveling to work in a vehicle, whether alone or sharing a ride, decreased 2% from 85% in 2010 to 83% in 2014.

Transit shares regionally increased approximately 1.5% over this same period.

Walking and biking remained consistent regionally at approximately 6% of the total daily work trips.

Find out more, here.

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