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Josh Brown
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Want to keep up with what's happening at PSRC?  We invite you to sign up for email updates from Josh Brown, PSRC's Executive Director.  Check out Josh's latest update below.

Proposed changes to PSRC funding framework

We’d like your feedback on revisions to our project selection framework for the next round of PSRC funding, which will distribute an estimated $580 million. The proposed changes were developed by the Project Selection Task Force and include creating an Equity Pilot Program and strengthening criteria for equity and safety. This recommendation went out for public comment in mid-December. The Executive Board is scheduled to take action on the framework at its meeting in late January. Comment here through January 5.

New Transit Integration Report available

PSRC’s annual report on how the region’s transit agencies are working together is now available. The report highlights coordination activities that are improving service for riders and offering transportation options throughout the region. Some of the highlights in the 2021 report include pandemic operations, progress on the regional transit system and future planning considerations. Learn more.

Welcome, Sheba Person-Whitley!

The Seattle Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration has a new director, Sheba Person-Whitley. Before joining EDA, she was the Executive Director of the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County. The Seattle Regional Office serves the western states as well as Alaska and Hawaii and is an important partner in the regional economic development work we do at PSRC.

2021 population data shows region’s fastest growing cities

The Washington State Office of Financial Management released its updated county and city population numbers for 2021. Not surprisingly, Seattle was the city with the highest number of new residents with 5,380 added in the last year. Everett, Lake Stevens, Kent and Bonney Lake were also in the top five for the region. Learn more.

Regional partners win grants to reduce diesel emissions

Good news for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Northwest Seaport Alliance and Washington Department of Ecology! All three have won grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act program. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will receive $1,000,000 to replace nine yard trucks with electric yard trucks. The Northwest Seaport Alliance will receive $719,957 to replace drayage trucks with new, cleaner trucks. The Washington Department of Ecology will receive $526,487 to help school districts retrofit or replace old school buses. Learn more

Opportunity to join Metro’s Equity Cabinet

King County Metro is seeking new members to join its Mobility Equity Cabinet for the 2022-2023 term. The cabinet advises Metro on how to implement policies that center equity and sustainability as it invests in public transit and engages communities in decision making. Apply by January 14.

A note of gratitude

As we wrap up 2021, I wanted to extend my thanks to all of you who are working to create a bright future for the central Puget Sound region and helping to solve the urgent challenges facing communities today. I am grateful for your leadership and commitment to regional collaboration.  Happy New Year!

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at Stay well!