By 2013, King County Metro Transit’s rapid transit (BRT) service, known as RapidRide, will be expanding to six lines covering 64 miles of high-use corridors. The Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Initiative is the product of a partnership among ULI Northwest, King County Metro Transit, the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project.
ULI Northwest (formerly ULI Seattle), Puget Sound Regional Council, University of Washington, Enterprise Community Partners, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), NAIOP, Futurewise, and the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties convened a diverse group of community stakeholders and policy leaders to work on Reality Check. Reality Check was a one-day participatory GIS-based exercise. Approximately 250 regional political, business, development, community, and environmental leaders were invited to analyze and develop alternative growth scenarios for our rapidly growing region, and to make tough decisions about transportation investment to serve this growth.
For several decades, the central Puget Sound region’s increasing housing costs near urban centers has led to undesired consequences, forcing families to live farther and farther from their jobs. With increasing fuel costs and diminished home values, the need for diverse housing options near jobs has never been as critical. To spur regional dialogue and increase the availability of workforce housing near employment centers, ULI Northwest and Enterprise Community Partners launched a vigorous workforce housing initiative.