Cascade Bicycle Club, Futurewise, and the Sierra Club filed a complaint last Wednesday to block the adoption of T2040, the Puget Sound’s next 30-year transportation plan. While the fight will be long and costly, they find it necessary because T2040 fails to meet benchmarks for reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions. The organizations assert that by not meeting these environmental benchmarks, The Puget Sound Regional Council is not meeting their state mandate emissions reductions.
Polling shows that American's want more options when it comes to transportation. Suit proponents claim that T2040 makes attempts to provide options, but continues on in the business-as-usual pattern, creating places that are only accessible by car. Cascade Bicycle Club's research shows that the plan will exacerbate health disparities, increase rates of obesity and chronic disease, social isolation, and the number of people killed and disabled in crashes.
Surely it will be interesting to watch how this law suit takes shape in the month ahead. Stay tuned as we’ll keep you informed on updated developments.
For more information, check out the announcement from Futurewise.