Thursday, May 28, 2009

TOWN HALL: Visioning the Puget Sound Region's Transportation Future: Part II - New Opportunities and Investments

Our next town hall is coming up in just over a week.

Hope to see you there!

TOWN HALL: Visioning the Puget Sound Region's Transportation Future
Part II - New Opportunities and Investments

Last month we heard from our expert panel on some of the challenges facing the region on the transportation front. An aging infrastructure, the challenge of climate change, and declining revenues for transit agencies all seem daunting but there are opportunities and investments that could help address some of these challenges. On the transit front, Sound Transit's first phase of light rail will open in July and Community Transit's new Swift bus rapid transit service will begin this fall. In addition, the Washington State Department of Transportation is moving forward on a tolling plan to finance the replacement of aging 520 bridge while the City of Tacoma is embarking on an ambitious update of their Mixed Use Centers plan to encourage walkable, bike-friendly development connected by transit. Hear all about these opportunities at our June Town Hall. As always, feel free to bring your lunch.

This town hall is part of a "Visioning Puget Sound Region's Transportation Future" series. Part III will include a discussion with key federal, state and local decision makers that can help make our region's transportation future a reality.

Join us for a special interactive discussion with our panelists:

David Dye, Deputy Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation
Ric Ilgenfritz, Executive Director for the Office of Policy, Planning and Public Affairs, Sound Transit
June DeVoll, Program Manager, Swift BRT, Community Transit
Peter Huffman, Planning Manager, City of Tacoma
Puget Sound Regional Council-Transportation 2040 update

WHEN: Friday June 5, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHERE: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 5th Avenue between Cherry and James St. (please note change in venue)

This townhall series is brought to you by
Transportation Choices Coalition, Futurewise, WashPIRG, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Transit Blog, and Zipcar

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