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Keeping Everyone Moving: Managing Travel Demand in Puget Sound

Downtown Seattle is experiencing such a monumental building boom that locals joke that the construction crane must be the official state bird. With 65 major buildings currently under construction downtown and in the surrounding neighborhoods, it is more important than ever to think proactively about mobility. In the Seattle region, mobility is constricted by geography – building more roads is not an option due to the surrounding water, and people traveling to the Center City must squeeze through the city’s hourglass shape. With roads and bridges at capacity, and exponential population growth, how is the Seattle region managing its transportation demands?

In this session, hear how the Seattle region is tackling the problem of transportation demand at all scales, with partners across all sectors – from one of the city’s largest employers, Seattle Children’s Hospital, to neighboring Bellevue, all the way to WSDOT, which uses demand management strategies to mitigate the need for road expansions and environmental degradation.