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New regional passenger-only ferry terminal opens

 

Passenger ferry terminal

The region celebrated the opening of a new regional passenger ferry terminal at Pier 50 in Seattle. The covered facility has space for 500 people and serves King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry routes. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Bainbridge Mayor Kol Medina (Kitsap Transit Board Chair) spoke at the opening ceremony, highlighting the regionalism and partnerships that helped make the project a success.

This is truly a regional facility serving people living in Bremerton, Kingston, West Seattle, Vashon Island and beyond.  PSRC was a big partner in this project, contributing $21.6 million in regionally managed federal transit funding.

King County population growth moderating

Population data shows that King County grew at a slower rate than the rest of the region last year. During most of the last decade (except 2010-2011), King County grew at a faster rate than the region’s three other counties. This recent dip could just be an anomaly, or it might signal a shift in regional growth trends. Even with this slower growth rate, King County still gained about 99 people a day.

Chart of population growth in King County and rest of the region, 1975-2019

 

Continued growth at Sea-Tac Airport

Passenger volumes and air cargo activity at Sea-Tac Airport continue to grow at a steady pace.  Our new Puget Sound Trend looks at numbers for the first six months of the year.  Passenger volumes are 41% higher than volumes seen five years ago.  Air cargo activity is up nearly 35% during the same time period.

Through the Regional Aviation Baseline Study, we’ve learned that demand for operations is expected to grow. The unconstrained forecast shows that regional demand for enplanements (passengers boarding for departure) is anticipated to increase by 105% to 132% by 2050.

Chart: Total Passenger Boardings at Sea-Tac Airport, January through June

 

VISION 2050 outreach underway

PSRC Booth at Pierce County Fair
At the Pierce County Fair, more than 100 people stopped by to learn about PSRC and VISION 2050. 

PSRC staff have been busy this month at outreach meetings around the region to get the word out about the VISION 2050 draft plan. We’ve held open houses in Everett, Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and Port Orchard and are hosting booths at fairs and community events. If you’ve participated online or in person, we thank you!  If you haven’t had a chance yet to review the draft plan, check out our online open house. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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

 

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