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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UW named a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center

The USDOT has released a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s current traffic, infrastructure and funding challenges, Beyond Traffic 2045.

The University of Washington will be home to the Pacific Northwest's Beyond Traffic Innovation Center, researching new solutions to old transportation problems.

The University of Washington will be home to the Pacific Northwest’s Beyond Traffic Innovation Center, researching new solutions to old transportation problems.

In an effort to bring about improvements to the status quo, 18 innovation centers were named to lead research on solving these problems in “megaregions” throughout the country.

The University of Washington will represent the Pacific Northwest.

Beyond Traffic launched a national conversation about how our country will change in the next 30 years, often in ways that seriously test our transportation system. Our educational institutions are critical to helping us solve these challenges,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These designations will create a community of forward-thinking researchers, students, and thought leaders who will play an important role in ensuring our economy continues to grow, as we protect our planet and the American people through a safe, strong and sustainable transportation network for decades to come.”

The innovation centers are a new approach to solving transportation problems and the UW’s designation will likely benefit the region in multiple ways. PSRC has begun an update to Transportation 2040 that will look at transportation technology, congestion, climate change, infrastructure investment and preservation in the region over the next twenty plus years.

 

 

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Project delivery of PSRC funds

As part of its overall effort to ensure projects receiving PSRC funds move forward efficiently, PSRC has implemented a successful project tracking program, which helps project sponsors meet any requirement hurdles in a timely fashion.

King County Metro's trolley buses were part of PSRC's project delivery target this year.

King County Metro’s trolley buses were part of PSRC’s project delivery target this year.

At its December 8 meeting, the Transportation Policy Board will be reviewing some recent research into the tracking program to see if there are any potential risks imposed on projects when funds are awarded only to the preliminary engineering / design phase, rather than complete funding through construction.

Also in funding news, the board is set to release a list of projects recommended for PSRC’s special needs transportation funding through the Coordinated Grant Program.

The board will also be reviewing the draft work program for the upcoming update to Transportation 2040, which is slated to be finalized in January.

See the full agenda here and watch it live on December 8 at 9:30 am.

 


Improvements to Mukilteo and Seattle ferry terminals coming

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferry Division is seeking approved Transportation 2040 project status from PSRC for two ferry terminal projects slated to begin construction in 2017.

Improvements to two ferry terminals on deck for 2017.

Improvements to two ferry terminals on deck for 2017.

The Colman Dock project will replace the aging and seismically vulnerable components of the Seattle Ferry Terminal to maintain safe and reliable ferry service in the future. Key elements include replacement of the timber trestle portion of the dock, the main terminal building, staff building, entry building, the foot ferry facility, the vehicle transfer span, the overhead loading structures, and landing aids of Slip 3 as well as adding a new bicycle facility and maintaining a connection to the Marion Street pedestrian overpass. The total project cost is $347 million.

The Mukilteo Terminal project consists of the replacement of the existing Mukilteo Ferry Terminal with a new facility, relocated one-third of a mile east, constructed within a former tank farm site. Key features include a one vessel slip, a two-story terminal building with overhead pedestrian loading, bicycle and HOV holding lanes, expansion of the vehicle holding lanes and a bus transit center. The total project cost is $134.7 million.

Both projects are consistent with Transportation 2040, financially feasible and meet federal, state, and local requirements.

The Transportation Policy Board will make a recommendation at its meeting on November 10, 2016. See the full agenda here.

 

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New State of Good Repair Working Group

PSRC will be convening a new State of Good Repair Working Group soon.

 State of Good Repair is the highest priority in the region’s long-range transportation plan, Transportation 2040.

State of Good Repair is the highest priority in the region’s long-range transportation plan, Transportation 2040.

State of Good Repair refers to projects and programs designed to maintain, preserve, and operate the existing transportation system in a safe, efficient, and usable condition.

The group’s charges will be to respond to a upcoming federal policies on State of Good Repair performance-based planning and develop a proposal for the future of PSRC’s State of Good Repair work program.

The limited term working group will meet as needed and be comprised of representatives from the Regional Project Evaluation Committee and Regional Staff Committee.

Volunteers should have a working knowledge of asset management planning with a particular focus on pavement preservation.

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Last day to comment on the draft Transportation 2040

PSRC is seeking public input on the Transportation 2040 Update. The public comment period ends today, March 10, 2014.

The plan was adopted in 2010 and is updated every four years.

The new 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

The new 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

The updated Transportation 2040 plan includes new forecasts, new analysis tools, and a revised financial strategy that deals with the impacts of the recession.

Analysis shows the updated plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, delay, vehicle miles traveled and vehicle hours traveled.

The revised Transportation 2040 also updates the Coordinated Transit-Human Services Plan and Regional Transportation Demand Management Plan and adds a new Active Transportation Plan.

The draft report and appendices are available for review here or contact PSRC’s Information Center at 206-464-7532 for print copies.

How to Comment:

E-mail: transportation2040@psrc.org

U.S. Mail: Amy Ho, PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104-1035

Fax: 206-587-4825

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One week left to comment on the draft Transportation 2040 Update

PSRC is seeking public input on the Transportation 2040 Update. The public comment period ends March 10, 2014.

The new 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

The new 520 floating bridge, scheduled to be open in 2016, is one of the major projects that will be completed in the first decade of the Transportation 2040 plan.

Transportation 2040 is the region’s long-range plan for transportation. It describes the investments and strategies to accommodate growth and meet the region’s transportation needs for the next 30 years.

The plan was adopted in 2010 and is updated every four years.

The updated Transportation 2040 plan includes new forecasts, new analysis tools, and a revised financial strategy that deals with the impacts of the recession.

Analysis shows the updated plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, delay, vehicle miles traveled and vehicle hours traveled.

The revised Transportation 2040 also updates the Coordinated Transit-Human Services Plan and Regional Transportation Demand Management Plan and adds a new Active Transportation Plan.

The draft report and appendices are available for review here or contact PSRC’s Information Center at 206-464-7532 for print copies.

How to Comment:

E-mail: transportation2040@psrc.org

U.S. Mail: Amy Ho, PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104-1035

Fax: 206-587-4825

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