PSRC takes closer look at Puget Sound congestion: It’s ugly.

The Puget Sound Regional Council recently released “Stuck in Traffic,” a look at the region’s transportation performance. (The link is to an easy-to-follow slide presentation.)

In The News Tribune, Matt Driscoll has a good overview.  

Despite no real increase in travel — or, in more official terms, the number of vehicle miles traveled — between 2010 and 2013, delays on the region’s freeways increased significantly in both general and high occupancy vehicle lanes, the report says. Delay across the region increased by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014.

He reviews the data and considers implications for the region and for Pierce County, which is beginning to accept more population from the north “as traffic in King County slips into a gridlock hellscape.” Driscoll’s conclusion, though draw from a regional perspective, is true statewide:

Unless we want to spend more and more time reading grim reports such as the one offered up by the regional council, now is the time to build for the future.

For more on state transportation issues, see the Opportunity Washington roadmap for expanding Washington’s culture of opportunity.