Working toward an easy to use, integrated transit system

Transit agencies around the region are working together to make it easier for riders to get where they need to go.

[caption id="attachment_9919" align="alignleft" width="300"]Going to Boeing Map Community Transit, Everett Transit and Boeing worked together to develop the Going to Boeing transit map.[/caption]

On October 13, PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board will hear highlights from the 2016 Transit Integration Report that documents the coordination happening and opportunities to improve.

A number of high profile transit projects were completed in 2016, along with some behind the scenes efforts to streamline transit service.

The opening of U Link in March 2016 involved major coordination and bus-rail integration between Sound Transit, King County Metro, the City of Seattle, the University of Washington and many others.

High capacity transit is expanding throughout the region:

  • Construction of Sound Transit’s East, Federal Way, and Lynnwood Link corridors is underway in 2016 and 2017
  • Community Transit is developing the Green Line bus rapid transit connecting Canyon Park in Bothell with Paine Field in Everett
  • RapidRide is expanding in King County thanks to the recently passed Transportation Levy to Move Seattle
  • Initial planning has started for a potential Pierce Transit bus rapid transit corridor on Pacific Avenue/SR 7 from Tacoma to Spanaway

Other efforts included expanding the low-income ORCA Lift card to Sound Transit Express and Sounder, and developing the Going to Boeing Map highlighting ways employees can travel by transit to Boeing facilities in Snohomish County from various starting points.

The report also describes some nuts and bolts coordination on bus purchases, customer call integration and an Open Transit Data initiative to help application developers and transit agencies provide valuable data through web pages and mobile apps.

Other items on the Transportation Policy Board agenda:

  • 2017-2020 Regional Transportation Improvement Program
  • Change in project status for WSDOT’s I-405 Corridor: Renton to Bellevue Project
  • Regional air quality status update
  • Transportation 2040 Update: Summary of board engagement sessions
  • Regional Economic Strategy

The board meets on Thursday, October 13, 9:30-11:30, at PSRC.