Puget Sound Regional Council has released the following statement in response to Cascade Bicycle Club's appeal of Transportation 2040. “We’re really proud of the Transportation 2040 plan. And we’re confident it will stand up to any challenges. Thousands of citizens – representing many points of view – participated in the process and contributed to the plan over a several year period. The plan offers a balanced, sensible and realistic approach to meeting our region’s transportation needs. One of the exciting things about the plan is the initiatives aimed at addressing climate change. Our plan is one of the most proactive and progressive in the nation in the area of climate change. Local elected officials from the four counties overwhelmingly support the plan – the vote to approve the plan was 54 to two. We encourage interested citizens to find out more about the plan by visiting www.psrc.org.” Let's address these arguments from bottom to top.
As of 5 p.m. on June 23, 2010, Cascade Bicycle Club along with Futurewise and the Sierra Club, will have filed a complaint to block adoption of PSRC’s Transportation 2040 (T2040) , the region's 30-year transportation plan. Our legal basis for this challenge is PSRC's failure to meet the statutory goals and benchmarks for reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the adoption of T2040. The failure to meet VMT reduction limits results in increased motor vehicle traffic on the region’s highways and arterials, the construction of fewer miles of facilities for non-motorized travel and in turn, reduces the desirability and safety of bicycling throughout the region.