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PSRC to distribute federal transportation funding in 2021

West Seattle Bridge
West Seattle Bridge

The region is expected to receive additional federal transportation funds this year, including:

  • An estimated $50 million in regionally managed Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds that would be directed to projects on the contingency lists adopted as part of the most recent project selection process
  • $18 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program, which funds community-based investments such as bicycle/pedestrian facilities and environmental mitigation
  • $15 million from the FHWA’s Highway Infrastructure Program

As part of this process, the Transportation Policy Board has recommended that the West Seattle Bridge repair project receive $14.4 million.  The Executive Board will take final action on the recommendation later this month. 

The region is also expected to receive additional pandemic relief funds for transportation needs. PSRC is now working with our federal partners to determine the dollar amounts and next steps. More to come!

 

Region experienced historic levels of migration during last decade

Kids jumping sculpture

Population growth between 2010 and 2020 was fueled in large part by people moving to the region. Driven by a strong economy, migration made up a higher percentage of the region’s growth than it has in the last 60 years. We’ll be tracking how the pandemic is affecting the region’s growth when 2021 population estimates are released next summer.

 

Chart: Population Growth

 

 

Insights on productivity while teleworking

Puppy teleworking

Researchers from PSRC and the University of Washington have teamed up to better understand what conditions make teleworking a good option for some people.  PSRC’s Brian H.Y. Lee co-authored the paper published in the journal Findings. It is based on responses from a survey conducted last spring when COVID abruptly moved many employees to mandatory teleworking arrangements.

 

WSDOT announces leadership changes

The new year brings some major changes in the top leadership at WSDOT. With the retirement of Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announced the appointment of Amy Scarton as the new Deputy Secretary. Patty Rubstello has been named Assistant Secretary of Washington State Ferries.  Julie Meredith has been appointed the new Assistant Secretary of Urban Mobility & Access. We thank Keith for his many years of service and look forward to our continuing great partnerships with the newly reconfigured team!

 

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

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