Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #12

October 12, 2009 in Blog


Traffic congestion in the Seattle region is predicted to double and
reach the levels of present day Los Angeles by 2030, with or without light
rail.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #11

October 11, 2009 in Blog


Sound Transit is spending more than thirty
years and nearly $40 billion to build a system that will only serve about 2.4
percent of all trips.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #10

October 10, 2009 in Blog


Despite
a global recession and unemployment rates doubling to nearly 10 percent the
following year, passenger demand in the first quarter of 2009 grew to about 1.5
million trips, a 16 percent increase from the first quarter of 2008.

Sound Transit loses money but doesn't reduce service?

October 9, 2009 in Blog

In today's Seattle Times, Mike Lindblom has a story about the impact of the recession on Sound Transit. The agency now expect to come up $3.1 billion short in revenue over the next 15 years.

But the agency is also quick to claim they will not reduce service promised to voters.

Why does it take a global recession to force Sound Transit to find $3.1 billion in efficiency?

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #9

October 9, 2009 in Blog


Puget
Sound vanpool agencies reported passenger demand grew by 52 percent between
2000 and 2008.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #8

October 8, 2009 in Blog


An
average vanpool passenger traveling between Tacoma and Seattle would save about
28 percent in annual commuting costs compared to taking a bus, 45 percent compared
to taking Sounder Commuter Rail and 61 percent compared to driving a car.

New blog on federal transportation issues

October 7, 2009 in Blog

Larry Ehl, the federal relations manager for WSDOT has a new blog. It's very insightful and provides a Washington perspective on what's happening at the federal level in transportation policy.

On the 2010 transportation spending bill, I found this entry particularly interesting:

Combining the draft House and Senate
bills, there are 56 project earmarks totaling $195.5 million for
highway, transit, rail, bike/ped and aviation projects for Washington
State.

You can find the full blog here: Federal Transportation Issues

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #7

October 7, 2009 in Blog


In
Pierce County, a vanpool group of nine, driving about 70 miles per work day,
pays about $87 per month, per passenger.

Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region, Part II

October 6, 2009 in Publications

As traffic congestion and the financial and environmental costs of commuting continue to rise, a once overlooked transit alternative has quietly become an effective option for many motorists: vanpooling.

The Vanpool Solution (Video Transcript) Part I

October 6, 2009 in Publications

This script is from an in-depth, four-part Policy Brief by the Washington Policy Center called Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region, The case for expanding vanpool programs to move the most people for the least cost.