Planning for nearly 6 million people by 2050
The Executive Board got a first look at a new regional forecast of people, jobs and households this week. The region is anticipated to grow by another 1.8 million people and add 1.2 million more jobs by 2050. A strong regional economy driven by tech is expected to outperform the national economy. This regional forecast establishes the future growth assumptions that will be used to support development of VISION 2050, the region's long-term guide for growth planning.
Welcome to new Executive Board members

Shout out to new members and alternates appointed to our Executive Board. Some are new to PSRC and some are familiar faces who have served in other regional roles.  We're grateful to have their contributions to the important work happening at the regional table.

Welcome to Kenmore Mayor David Baker, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Sammamish Mayor Christie Malchow, Seattle Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, Bellevue Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson, Lake Forest Park Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford, Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, and Bremerton Councilmember Eric Young

PSRC asked to lead Regional Aviation Baseline Study

In February the Executive Board will consider a request from the Federal Aviation Administration for PSRC to lead a new regional aviation baseline study. This work would build on master planning processes underway at many of the region's airports and set a regional stage for future planning. The study is an opportunity to understand the dynamics of the region's growing aviation activity and would include a look at the economic impact of the region's airports, and the impact of airport activities on surrounding communities.
Cowen Park Bridge

Board approves Transportation Alternatives project funding

A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Sultan, the historic Cowen Park Bridge in Seattle, and the Pipeline Trail in Tacoma are among the projects that were approved for funding by the Executive Board on Thursday. There was a lot of competition for these funds and many worthwhile projects. Congratulations to the sponsoring jurisdictions on getting their projects over the finish line. 
Seeking input on the Regional Transportation Plan
If you haven't already, I encourage you to take a look at the draft Regional Transportation Plan now out for public comment. We're seeking comments now and until the plan is adopted in May at our General Assembly. You can view and comment on the plan at:

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at .

Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
January 26, 2018