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 #14

October 14, 2009 in Blog

Puget
Sound area vanpools are 2½ times more efficient than Sound Transit’s Express
bus program.

WPC reaches Arkansas

October 14, 2009 in Blog

Arkansas State Representative Mark Martin has adapted our 5 Principles to a Responsible Transportation Policy to fit his state. You can read his blog here: Off the Marble

Notice how easy it was for him to transition our material to fit Arkansas. It shows how pervasive the problems in transportation planning have become.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #13

October 13, 2009 in Blog


Puget
Sound area vanpools served four times more passengers for one-seventh the cost
of Sound Transit’s Sounder Commuter Rail. King County's vanpool program alone carries more riders than Sound Transit's entire commuter rail, and for $1 billion less.

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