New study of ultra-high-speed rail in the Cascadia Corridor
 
It's exciting to think about being able to jump on a train and arrive in Portland or Vancouver in an hour.  A new in-depth study will evaluate the feasibility of developing a 250+ mph rail system to connect the three cities. The effort is jointly funded by Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Microsoft. PSRC is participating on an advisory committee for the study.
Edmonds wins VISION 2040 Award for Highway 99 plan
 
Congratulations to Edmonds on winning a 2018 VISION 2040 Award for its Highway 99 Subarea Plan. The plan includes steps that will help grow jobs, housing and transit-supportive development along Highway 99. The city has established a planned action EIS aimed at lowering housing costs and attracting growth to the corridor.

New ferry Suquamish welcomed to the fleet
 
Good news for ferry commuters! A new vessel, the Suquamish, is joining the fleet this fall. The Suquamish is the last of four Olympic Class ferries being built to replace some of the system's oldest vessels. PSRC contributed $3.25 million to the program. Ferry ridership continues to climb and is now at its highest point since the late 1990s. Washington State Ferries is working on a long-range plan to address ferry system needs through 2040. A draft is due out in September.
 
New direct transit connection between Duvall and Monroe
 
For people who rely on public transit, it used to take more than four hours and multiple transfers on different transit systems to travel a short distance between Duvall and Monroe. Starting this month, riders can now take a direct ride on the Duvall-Monroe Shuttle, thanks to exceptional coordination between city and county governments, transit agencies and nonprofit organizations to start the new service. You can find the route map and other details here. Congrats to everyone involved!
 
Special needs funding opportunity - Apply by Sept 14

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced a call for projects for its Consolidated Grant program serving seniors, youth, and people with disabilities or low income. WSDOT is responsible for deciding which projects will be awarded funding, and PSRC provides regional priority rankings. You can find out more information on our Special Needs Funding webpage.

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at jbrown@psrc.org .


Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
August 20, 2018