The 2017 Puget Sound Regional Travel Study is a survey of household demographics, daily travel activities, and typical travel patterns throughout the region. This information is vital for regional and local planning agencies to understand the impact of growth, development, and other changes in the area's communities on the transportation system. Reliable transportation and viable travel options contribute to the region's quality of life and economic vitality, and this study will help agencies prioritize transportation improvements to best fit the region's needs.
The last household travel study in the Puget Sound region took place in 2014-2015. The results of the current study will build on the 2014-2015 survey to ensure that transportation improvements reflect the current conditions and resident needs.
The 2017 Puget Sound Regional Travel Study region includes all of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The region includes 82 cities and towns, with a total population of nearly 4 million people.
By 2040, the central Puget Sound region is expected to grow by nearly 1 million people. This rise in population and expected job growth could lead to a 25% increase in regional travel demand. Planners in the region are rising to the challenge to accommodate the growing demand for travel while addressing resident and environmental concerns and providing flexibility for future changes.