Sustainable Thurston Report Card

The Transporation section looks at whether the region's transportation network supports the safe and healthy movement of people and products.

How well is the Thurston Region...

1. Partly SunnyEliminating traffic-related injuries and fatalities.

Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain. View the supporting data.
2. Partly SunnyDecreasing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain. View the supporting data.
3. Partly SunnyUsing alternative means of commuting, such as carpooling, biking, and teleworking.

Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain. View the supporting data.
4. Partly SunnyIncreasing the efficiency of public transportation.

Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain. View the supporting data.
5. SunnyReducing impervious surfaces in new developments.

Outlook: Sunny, future looks bright. View the supporting data.

Related Goals

Related Sustainable Thurston Priority Goals

  • Priority Goal 1: Create vibrant centers, corridors, and neighborhoods while accommodating growth.
  • Priority Goal 2: Preserve environmentally sensitive lands, farmlands, forest lands, prairies, and rural lands and develop compact urban areas.
  • Priority Goal 9: Move toward a carbon-neutral community.
  • Priority Goal 12: Make strategic decisions and investments to advance sustainability regionally.

Related Sustainable Thurston Transportation Systems Goals

Schools and Transportation
  • Goal S-1: Encourage safe and active school transportation to improve community health, economic, and environmental outcomes.
  • Goal S-2: Improve community coordination to create schools that use land, tax dollars, and other resources efficiently.
Transportation System
  • Goal T-1: Ensure adequate funding for maintaining and improving an efficient multimodal transportation system that efficiently moves people and goods.
  • Goal T-2: Reduce transportation congestion and environmental impacts.
  • Goal T-3: Consider freight mobility needs in local and regional planning.
  • Goal T-4: Integrate transportation considerations into land use decisions, and vice versa.

Related Regional Transportation Plan Goals

  1. Ensure the design and function of transportation facilities are consistent with and support sustainable, healthy urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  2. Work toward an integrated, multimodal transportation system that supports adopted land use plans, reduces overall need to drive alone, and provides alternative travel choices.
  3. Ensure transportation system investments support the special travel needs of youth, elders, people with disabilities, literacy, or language barriers, those with low incomes, and other affected groups.
  4. Enhance the safety and security of those who use, operate, and maintain the transportation system.
  5. Protect investments that already have been made in the transportation system and keep life-cycle costs as low as possible.
  6. Increase overall operating efficiency of the transportation system through the effective use of measures that reduce the need to drive alone.
  7. Use technology-based approaches to address transportation congestion, safety, efficiency, and operations.
  8. Promote efficient, cost-effective, timely, and safe movement of freight in and through the region.
  9. Establish a street and road network that provides for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods while supporting adopted land use goals.
  10. Provide an appropriate level of reliable, effective public transportation options commensurate with the region’s evolving needs.
  11. Increase the share of all trips made safely and conveniently by bicycling.
  12. Increase the share of all trips made safely and conveniently by walking.
  13. Ensure the continued long term viability of existing and rail-banked rail lines in the region for future freight and passenger rail travel.
  14. Provide an appropriate level of facilities and services to meet the general aviation needs of residents and businesses in the region.
  15. Provide an appropriate level of facilities and services to meet the region’s marine transportation needs.
  16. Build a community of an engaged and informed public that contributes ideas and supports actions to create a highly functional multi-modal transportation system consistent with the goals and policies in this plan.
  17. Ensure transportation facilities and programs function seamlessly across community borders and between regions.
  18. Minimize transportation impacts on the natural environment and the people who live and work in the Thurston region.
  19. Develop performance measures that are realistic, efficient to administer, effective in assessing performance, and meaningful to the public.
  20. Secure adequate funding from all sources to implement the goals and policies in this plan.

Contact Us

  1. Is the Thurston Region becoming more sustainable? Do you agree with our assessments? For more information on the Sustainable Thurston Report Card, contact:

    Michael Ambrogi
    Senior GIS Analyst

    Thurston Regional Planning Council
    2424 Heritage Court SW
    Suite A
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Ph: 360-956-7575