Join us at Transportation Choice's Friday Forum for a presentation by the Puget Sound Regional Council on the draft Transportation 2040 plan, followed by a panel discussion of stakeholders from around the region, including Cascade's Advocacy Director, David Hiller. Public comments on the draft plan are due by Tuesday, March 9 to the PSRC. There will be an opportunity for you to submit your comments at the Friday Forum as well. The Puget Sound Region (Kitsap, King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties) is expected to grow by roughly 1.5 million people in the next 30 years. But don’t go running yet; fortunately we have an opportunity to help inform how the region prepares for this growth from a transportation perspective. With this in mind, ask yourself (or your children), what do you want your neighborhood, city and region to look and function like in 30 years? And what do you think the role of transportation should be? Unfortunately, you don’t have much time to think about this. The Puget Sound Regional Council has produced a Draft Transportation Plan (Transportation 2040) , which is open for public comment until Tuesday, March 9 . We are at a critical point in this discussion about what we should be prioritizing: is it moving more cars more efficiently, or is it moving more people more efficiently?
[caption id="attachment_346" align="alignright" width="335" caption="Emily Fischer, Michele Black and teammate Eric Johnson sit through this year’s hearing for SB 5838. None of the three were called to testify. Photo credit: Eden Palmer"] [/caption] After last-minute wrangling of votes, SB 5838 has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, misconceptions still abound after last week’s hearing was cut short due to time constraints. The Seattle Times reported prematurely last week that all but one senator on the committee were in favor of the Vulnerable User Bill, but this was not the case. In fact, only two signed on by the end of the committee's executive session, and the rest of these votes were hard-won. A big thanks to the five of eight committee members who voted to move the bill forward! They are: