Transportation:Creating a Safe, Reliable, and Affordable System
By convening public agencies, the University of Washington, and businesses, we work to address our region’s transportation challenges.
Over the last decade, the central Puget Sound region was the fastest growing region in the country, adding hundreds of thousands more people and commuters. At the same time, rapidly increasing housing prices caused many Washingtonians in this region to move further from their workplaces to find more affordable homes, which has led to longer commutes and additional congestion. The region will grow by another 1.6 million people by 2050, which will create continued challenges to mobility.
Challenge Seattle represents some of the region’s largest employers, with hundreds of thousands of workers who call Puget Sound home. From finding new technology and policy solutions to address the congestion faced by our workers, to ensuring a high quality of life for our community members, Challenge Seattle convenes businesses, academia, and public sector transportation agencies to focus on key questions and solutions to our transportation challenges.
Transportation Vision for 2035
In 2016, Challenge Seattle launched a transportation vision for the region, Transportation Vision for 2035. We are one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, but our aging infrastructure and disconnected systems have not kept pace. The initial report makes key recommendations to create an I-5 system for the 21st century, integrate operations and planning, establish a sustainable funding model, and better integrate land-use and transportation planning.
Virtual Coordination Center
After a series of significant incidents that closed I-5 and SR-99, Challenge Seattle convened agencies to improve coordination during major roadway incidents. Following the publication of the Beyond Incident Response, the Washington Department of Transportation, the University of Washington, and Challenge Seattle worked with first responders and transportation agencies to further develop technology to enhance communication among the agencies during major incidents. Launched in October 2022, this cloud-based system pulls in real-time data and coordinates messaging across public agencies during major incidents.
We made a commitment to publish an Annual Report to track the region’s progress on achieving the vision—a user-focused transportation system that is safe, reliable, equitable, and environmentally sustainable…