MPAC: Transportation in the 21st Century

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The University of Washington APWA Student Chapter is excited to partner with MPAC, Sound Transit, King County, and PacTrans to host this special event.

Transportation is a rapidly evolving field in the 21st Century. The central Puget Sound area is expecting a massive population increase over the next 20 years. King County alone is already home to 2 million people and is expected to grow by 30% by the year 2040. Massive growth calls for innovative transit and infrastructure practices. Sound Transit’s completely underground University Link Extension officially opened on March 19th, 2016. The extension opened 6 months ahead of schedule and $200 million under the $1.9 billion budget. The University Link Extension continues to experience growth in ridership. On November 8th, 2016, voters approved the $53.8 billion Sound Transit 3 ballot measure that will extend the Link rail system to Tacoma, Federal Way, Everett, and Issaquah and the Seattle neighborhoods of West Seattle and Ballard. By 2040, over 110 miles of light rail will serve the Puget Sound region from Everett to Tacoma and east to Issaquah. 

King County Metro has recently won an award for the 2018 best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association. The American Public Transportation Association represents over 300 transit agencies across the United States and Canada. General Manager Rob Gannon also has been a principal sponsor of Metro’s Partnership to Achieve Comprehensive Equity (PACE), a nationally recognized labor-management partnership formed to improve equity for all in the workforce. Beginning in 2019, King County Metro becomes its own county department and Rob Gannon was unanimously selected by the King County Council to lead Metro as its first director.  

Sound Transit has received a Popular Science 2017 Best of What's New award in the engineering category for the technology that will enable light rail trains to travel across Lake Washington on the floating Interstate-90 bridge when East Link opens in 2023.

King County Metro and Sound Transit have a strong partnership. Join Rob Gannon, General Manager of King County Metro and Sound Transit Deputy CEO Mike Harbour as they discuss the challenges their agencies face and how they are planning and constructing for the transit demands of the future. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Event Date & Time:

11/14/2018  5:00 PM - 11/14/2018  7:00 PM

Venue :

Intellectual House
44249 Whitman Court
Seattle , WA , 98195

Contact Person :

Casey Nelson
Email :
Phone : (000) 000-0000
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