Transportation Futures Task Force members are civic, business and government leaders in the central Puget Sound region charged with assessing long term transportation challenges and recommending a strategy to provide an equitable, financially sustainable and environmentally responsible regional transportation system that works for people and business.
What We Examined
Where is the region heading?
Forecasts project over 5 million people will live in the central Puget Sound region by 2040. What will the demographics of the population be in 25 years and beyond? Will the next generation approach transportation differently? Where will people live and how will they get around? How will technology affect transportation and travel choices? What transportation and transit investment will be needed to drive the economy? What is the current and projected funding available to pay for them? This phase of the study reviewed specific data to better understand future mobility.
What needs to be considered?
In addition to the state, local governments in the four-county region have responsibilities and needs related to transportation. Can those plans and investments be better coordinated? Can roads, sidewalks, mass transit, highways and bridges be better coordinated to provide an improved travel experience and a better return on the taxpayers’ investment? What are the current funding mechanisms and what are the potential options available? This phase will form the basis to discuss future possibilities for transportation investments and funding.
What are the alternatives?
What are the best potential strategies for meeting central Puget Sound’s transportation needs? What ideas have been considered? Can options be eliminated? What are the pros and cons of various funding policy scenarios? What scenarios are the most equitable? What options are most likely to gain public support? In this phase of the study, the Task Force drafted a menu of options for discussion throughout the region.
How does the region get there?
The Task Force has recommended a path to create and fund a regional transportation system that is safe, effective, equitable, environmentally responsible, sustainable and flexible enough to keep the region moving forward for the next several decades. The Task Force has completed a final report containing findings and a series of actions and recommendations on strategies and funding options. These include promising ways to meet future transportation needs, maximize the public return and confidence and better coordinate mobility throughout the region.