What is the SR 167 Master Plan, Planning and Environmental Linkages Study?
The Puget Sound region is thriving and attracting large population and employment growth. This growth increases the strain on our transportation infrastructure and services, resulting in increased traffic congestion and increased needs for maintenance and preservation. There is a need to move people and goods by providing a multimodal transportation system that works now and into the future.
As part of the SR 167 Master Plan effort, WSDOT will analyze the study area, work to understand the plans within the study area, and listen to the communities and partners to identify multimodal transportation needs, strategies, and solutions along the SR 167 corridor. The SR 167 Master Plan partners include tribal nations, counties, cities, ports, businesses, regional planning organizations, and transit agencies (King County Metro, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit).
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan considers future land-use, population growth, and employment growth. The SR 167 Master Plan is multi-agency and multimodal. Multi-agency means transit agencies, cities, and counties have shared responsibility for implementing transportation solutions. Multimodal considers all the options that people and goods use to move, including driving, walking, biking, or taking public transit. Trucks, vans, trains, and cargo bikes are examples of freight modes. The SR 167 Master Plan will result in a set of investment strategies – these are projects that can be done quickly and have immediate benefits as well as more expensive, harder to build, infrastructure that will take longer to build.
What is a Planning and Environmental Linkages Study?
Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) helps transportation decision-makers consider the environment, community, and other regional impacts early in the transportation planning process. The information, analysis, and products developed during planning will inform the environmental review process.