This Seattle Times article has a ton of statistics in it, but the major points are essentially the following:
- Car registrations per annum have fallen from 33,000 between 1980-1990 to 11,000 between 2000-2006. Population growth was lower during the period 2000-2003 as a percentage, but the absolute numbers were similar.
- Transit Ridership is way up, with Metro close to 7% increase year over year, and Sound Transit up close to 285% in six years.
- Seattle recorded the largest decrease in “drive alone” ride shares of any city in the nation, of 1.5%.
- 1990’s Growth Management Act seems to have had a lot of effect on the commuting patterns, as more people have been moving into condos and apartments in already existing neighborhoods and cities compared to new subdivisions in the county. I guess urban planning works!
I think this shows that we need even more transit, and as congestion gets worse, we need more of our transit to be grade separted. Goldy over at HA wrote a good argument for why we can’t build roads to alleviate our traffic congestions, and why grade-separated transit gives us a choice with how to commute.