Projects in line for additional PSRC funding
Good news for 18 projects on a contingency list for PSRC funding. An extra $27.5 million of PSRC's Federal Highway Administration funding is now available. The new funding is due to funds returned from projects and federal allocations higher than estimates. The projects were on a prioritized contingency list approved by the Executive Board in 2016. The Transportation Policy Board will vote on the recommendation this Thursday, with final action by the Executive Board in June.

Kirkland - 124th Avenue NE Roadway Improvements, $1,821,492
Tacoma - Taylor Way Rehabilitation, $4,000,000
Everett Transit - Electric Vehicle Replacement, $8,500,000
Renton - Rainier Ave S Corridor Improvements - Phase 4, $3,000,000
Covington - SR 516 and Covington Way Intersection Improvements, $871,920
Sammamish - Sammamish, WSDOT and King County ITS Improvement Project, $605,750
Snoqualmie - Town Center Phase 3B, $337,205
Kirkland - 98th Ave NE Preservation, $631,293
Kitsap County - SR 104 Realignment, $740,000
Kitsap Transit - Gateway Center TOD Planning, $160,000
Kitsap Transit - Bainbridge Island Transfer Center Lighting and Security Upgrade, $50,160
Bainbridge Island - Sportsman's and New Brooklyn Intersection Improvement, $702,945
Pierce Transit - Clean Fuels Bus Replacement/Expansion, $13,121
University Place - 56th St./Cirque Corridor Improvements Phase 3, $1,785,000
Sumner - Traffic Avenue / E. Main Bottleneck at SR 410, $313,444
(Pierce County has not yet awarded the full amount of contingency funding available.)
Monroe - Chain Lake Road Pedestrian Facility, $330,000
Snohomish County - North Creek Trail Phase 1, $1,640,000
Orting - Whitehawk Boulevard, $620,000

Cost of living replaces transportation as top concern in survey
Our recent survey of 2,000 residents in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties shows a big shift and a new thing people like least: homelessness. Similar surveys were done in 2003 and 1993. In those surveys, transportation was far and away the biggest concern people had about the region. In 2018, it was cost of living. Transportation was still in the top three -- about even with homelessness. In our work to develop VISION 2050, we'll be paying attention to housing access and other issues related to affordability.
Regional Aviation Baseline Study moves forward
Last week the Economic Development Board adopted the Regional Aviation Baseline Study as an action item for Amazing Place. It's a good time to get a better understanding of how to meet future demand at the region's airports. The baseline study will build on master planning happening now at Sea-Tac and other airports. Sustaining excellent commercial air service and efficiently moving air cargo are key factors in our region remaining globally competitive into the future. It's also important to understand how aviation activity affects surrounding communities. We expect to finalize the scope of work for the study next month.

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Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
May 7, 2018