2018 State of Transportation

Robust economy brings challenges

  • Washington's economy is booming
    • Greater population and employment
    • Worsening congestion as a result
  • The Central Puget Sound is "ground zero" for this boom
    • Prosperous as a region
    • Conduit to/from the rest of the state
  • 2017 Corridor Capacity Report - data from 2014 to 2016:
    • 3.2% increase in passenger vehicle registration
    • 4.3% increase in drivers
    • Congestion increases on 4 of 5 monitored corridors compared to pre-recession (2007) levels
      • I-5 up 76%
      • I-405 up 33%
      • I-90 up 117%
      • SR 167 up 4%
      • SR 520 below recession levels due to carpooling, tolling