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Growth board recommends adoption of VISION 2050

The region reached an important milestone this week!  The Growth Management Policy Board voted to unanimously recommend adoption of the VISION 2050 plan to the Executive Board.

This comes after two years of hard work by the growth board to create a forward-thinking plan preparing for population and job growth over the next three decades.

I want to give a shout out to the growth board’s chair and vice chair, Councilmember Ryan Mello and Councilmember Hank Margeson, for their outstanding leadership.

 

Celebrating the Judkins Park Station access study

Award presentation group photo

I presented a VISION 2040 award to the Judkins Park Station Access Study. Because this station is near the Lighthouse for the Blind, the city recognized that the station area would have a higher than average use by people who are blind or deafblind.  Seattle hired Makers to work with the Lighthouse to involve them in Sound Transit’s planning for the area.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this important study!

 

Vehicle miles traveled per person drops

Continuing a trend we’ve seen in recent years, per capita vehicle miles traveled in the central Puget Sound region has dipped again, by 0.5%, from 2017 to 2018.  While total vehicle miles increased slightly, the percentage increase is much lower than the rate of population growth. Since 2010, the daily vehicle miles traveled per person has decreased 5%.

Chart: Population, Employment, Transit Boardings and VMT in the Central Puget Sound Region, 2010-2018

 

Wheaton Way Transit Center opens

Wheaton Way Transit Center sign

Congratulations, Kitsap Transit, on the grand opening of the Wheaton Way Transit Center in east Bremerton. This new facility offers big upgrades for riders on eight Kitsap Transit routes. PSRC contributed $800,000 in funding to the project. This Kitsap Transit video does a great job showing the improvements.

 

Growing space economy in the region

Blue Origin rocket taking off

A recent story in GeekWire highlighted the expansion plans of Blue Origin, which is headquartered in Kent. In 2018, PSRC’s Washington State Space Economy report identified 1,100 Blue Origin jobs in the region. Now the company’s total job count for all its facilities is over 2,500 and expected to grow to 3,500 next year. Blue Origin currently has nearly 700 job openings, with most of those in Kent.

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

 

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