How Seattle Increased Economic Development But Not VMT
January 9, 2018
A Case Study in Local Policy
Since 2010, Seattle has seen significant economic growth and has been recognized as the fastest-growing big city in the country. In many major metropolitan areas, this job growth would suffocate the regional transportation network. However, in Seattle, a combination of multimodal planning, TDM policies, and critical capital investment has led to minimizing VMT growth. Despite the increase in jobs by 23%, the number of single-occupant vehicles has increased by only 3%.
For an explanation of how Seattle kept moving, consider this recent presentation by Jonathan Hopkins of Commute Seattle:
Increased service: City of Seattle & KC Metro investment in transit service. In 2015 only 25% of population had access to service with 10 min headways within 10 minute walk. Now 64% do (Goal: 72% by 2025)