Washington and the central Puget Sound region are struggling with tremendous traffic problems and are making major investments in transportation infrastructure. Futurewise is working to make sure that existing funds are spent wisely, and that efforts to generate much-needed additional funds are focused on the smartest, most effective investments.
Our priorities at Futurewise priorities are to improve transportation choices, address safety and maintenance problems, and focus new highway capacity into strategic improvements like HOV lanes.
At the community level, there are two keys to creating communities where mass transit, bicycling, and walking are real options for people:
1) investing in choices that provide good transit service, sidewalks, and bike routes.
2) designing and building neighborhoods and streets that encourage and facilitate taking transit, bicycling, and walking.
Compact, higher intensity development that includes a mixture of residential and commercial uses makes it possible for people to shop and play near their homes – making public transit, bicycling and walking feasible and attractive. On the other hand, sprawling, low intensity development patterns that separate housing from stores and workplaces force people to drive.
Futurewise is working hard on both fronts. We are leading efforts to improve our transportation system in ways that increase our transportation choices and support healthy communities.