I posted on this before, and I just want to remind folks that on Friday, TCC is hosting a town hall on the future of Puget Sound’s transportation landscape. This is part 1 of a three part series – visioning first, then examining the options, and third meeting with federal, state and local leaders who can help us get there. You definitely shouldn’t miss it! This is a great opportunity to stress the importance of sustainable transportation.

Part 1 will be in the Bertha Knight Landes room in City Hall, from 12:00pm-1:30pm. That’s the really big room right off the lobby. I hope to see you there!

3 Replies to “Friday: Visioning the Region’s Transportation Future”

  1. Several panelists at the Friday Town Hall meeting in City Hall advocated road user fees widely applied as very important to the future of regional transportation, Councilwoman Jan Drago, notably. I agree. PSRC’s transportation planning group is modeling the impact of congestion-sensitive (time-of-day and location-sensitive) road pricing on all regional expressways and arterials in 2040. It reduces VMT, raises buckets of money, and motivates transit usage. This is Option 5 in the Destination 2040 plan. I recommend everybody pushing for Option 5 to be advanced to the mainstream.
    In related news, the state legislature just authorized curb-to-curb tolling with off-peak discounts on the present SR 520 bridge starting next year to help pay for the construction of the new bridge, which by the way has a cross-Lake BRT plan coming along in parallel to run on its new HOV lanes. What was NOT authorized according to panelist Kevin Desmond, Metro’s General Manager, is applying road toll revenue to transit operations or vehicles. Transit wise for the time being, the tolls will pay for the lanes that bus transit runs on.

    1. I’m 100% with you on this. The more I read about it, the more it seems the only way to eliminate congestion is to reduce VMT via congestion pricing.

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