The phrase,'Unsound Transit', was coined by the Wall Street Journal to describe Seattle where,"Light Rail Madness eats billions that could otherwise be devoted to truly efficient transportation technologies." The Puget Sound's traffic congestion is a growing cancer on the region's prosperity. This website, captures news and expert opinion about ways to address the crisis. This is not a blog, but a knowledge base, which collects the best articles and presents them in a searchable format. My goal is to arm residents with knowledge so they can champion fact-based, rather than emotional, solutions.


Monday, March 10, 2008

WS Transportation Commision includes congestion relief in Top 5 priorities

Publication: US Fed News Service, Including US State News
Date: Thursday, July 20 2006

The Washington state Department of Transportation issued the following news release:

Over the past year Washington's business owners, elected officials, tribes, transportation planners and others have participated in helping to update the state's 20-year transportation plan. Now the Washington State Transportation Commission wants to hear from the people who use the system.

Today, the Commission released the Draft Washington Transportation Plan (WTP) Update and begins a 45-day comment period to gather feedback on the plan. The Transportation Commission, along with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Regional Transportation Planning Organizations and Scenic Byway leaders will host a series of outreach meetings around the state. Eleven open houses will be held to present information about the WTP and gather comments from participants. A list of dates, times and locations, is posted on WSDOT's website at: The comment period ends on September 1, 2006.

"We looked at more than 85 capital and operational transportation programs that were identified as potential areas for targeted investments," said Commission Chair Dick Ford. "Transportation issues touch each of us every day and help support the quality of life in our communities - everything from preserving pavement to promoting safe behavior to enhancing freight movement. We encourage people to review the draft plan and let us know whether they agree with our recommendations and priorities or have other ideas about how the state should invest in Washington's transportation future."The WTP guides transportation policy and investment decisions at all levels throughout the state and meets federal and state planning requirements. The Draft WTP update is the result of a two year process that involved reviewing data and meeting with transportation interest groups statewide to identify the state's top investment priorities. It continues to be a collaborative effort that involves transportation interests from across the state to address Washington's transportation challenges by making targeted, prioritized investments to achieve the greatest benefit with limited funding. The Commission developed five investment guidelines that set overall priorities and form the basis of the plan:

- Preservation - take care of past investments.

- Safety - reduce the societal costs due to collisions.

- Economic vitality - support our states growing economy.

- Mobility - improve travel time reliability and improve the movement of people and goods.

- Environmental quality - support investments that lead to healthier communities.

Those who are not able to attend the statewide open houses can go to the WSDOT's website to view the plan:

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