By Sarah Shannon and Jef Lucero
With so many cars already on the road—not to mention a projected population growth of 25 percent over the next 20 years—the ways we integrate, plan for and use public transportation need to change.
The draft Washington State Public Transportation Plan is an innovative approach to planning for public transportation and aims to begin these changes, from how we look at partnerships to the ways we approach technology.
And public transportation helps connect all of us with our communities.
Our Public Transportation Division worked closely with local transit agencies and service providers throughout the state to draft this plan. Our goal: improve public transportation for everyone. These improvements will not only help people get where they want to go, they will also support economic growth, new jobs, and clean air and water.
We're asking for feedback on the plan through January 5, 2016. Please send comments to ShannSa@consultant.wsdot.gov, call 206-462-6467, or take our questionnaire. We will also be talking about the plan at several community meetings statewide (pdf 383 KB) through the end of the year. Your feedback will be vital to the plan's development and the future of our state's public transportation system.
You can download and read the plan, find out about community meetings in your area, and take the questionnaire at the Public Transportation Plan website.