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Transportation talk

December 2, 2019

PacTrans sponsors a conversation with regional leaders

To provide an opportunity for regional leaders to come together and share their thoughts on sustainable transportation, a panel discussion “Sustainable Transportation: A Conversation with Regional Leaders” was held last May.

Regional leaders come together to share their thoughts on sustainable transportation.

With major funding packages at the state and regional levels gaining legislature approval, such as the recently passed 2019-21 transportation budget and Sound Transit 3 in 2016, leaders are now working to see these projects through on time and under budget, which has proven challenging with rising construction costs and other project complexities. Meanwhile, leaders are also trying to balance sustainability goals by encouraging density and alternative methods of transportation.

Panel speakers included Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, King County executive and UW alumnus Dow Constantine, WSDOT deputy director for regional transit coordination and UW alumna Celeste Gilman, UW alumnus senator Steve Hobbs and King County councilmember Claudia Balducci. Professionals, faculty members and students interested in networking with potential future employers were invited to attend the event.

The event was hosted by the American Public Works Association UW Chapter, the Institute of Transportation Engineers UW Chapter and UW Planning Student Association, with support from Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans).