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Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan helps determine our community’s current and future transportation needs, guiding how we invest in transportation over the next 20 years. The plan was last updated in 2012. We need your ideas about how to keep our transportation network safe, healthy, and efficient.

The updated plan will include recommendations about how to pay for improvements. This plan influences transportation decisions for the next 20 years. 

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Background Information

Specifically, the Transportation Master Plan will:

  • Develop transportation networks for all users including drivers, transit riders, and people that walk, roll, or ride a bicycle.
  • Predict how well the system will work in the future and suggest improvements.
  • Establish new goals and policies to guide City decision-making.
  • Develop a prioritized list of transportation projects to support bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and drivers.

What is a Transportation Master Plan?

The Transportation Master Plan is the City’s long-range plan for establishing a sustainable network for all modes of our transportation. It guides investment decisions in the City’s Capital Improvement Program, coordinates transportation improvements with land uses and development, and plans for transportation infrastructure needed to respond to growth. The Transportation Master Plan is closely coordinated with other city-wide plans and is included as an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

City of Burien Transportation Plan (Adopted 2012)

The Burien City Council approved Resolution No. 332 adopting the Transportation Master Plan on May 7, 2012. The TMP ensures coordination between transportation decision-making and the adopted Land Use Element of Burien’s Comprehensive Plan and addresses community values as articulated through the City’s Vision Statement. The Transportation Master Plan informs the development of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by identifying the types of projects that are needed to support future travel trends and providing a framework for evaluating how they fit within community values and fiscal resources.

Beginning in May 2011, transportation consultant Fehr & Peers and the Burien Transportation Master Plan Advisory Committee, representing a broad cross-section of the City’s neighborhoods and transportation interest groups, analyzed Burien’s existing transportation system and reviewed existing comprehensive plan transportation policies to develop a new transportation vision for the City.

2023–2028 Transportation Improvement Program (proposed)

The Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a mid-range planning document that is annually updated based on needs and policies identified through a variety of sources. Project and financial development involve interactions with many groups and agencies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. It represents the City of Burien’s current list of needed projects that may begin work in the next six years.

The primary importance of the Six Year TIP is to act as a planning tool for the development of transportation facilities within the City. It is used to coordinate transportation projects with our utility districts and other agencies. Staff has evaluated last year’s TIP with respect to the new Transportation Master Plan to ensure that the new TIP is coordinated with the TMP’s goals and the multimodal layered network concept. In most cases, local projects must be included in the TIP to be eligible for state and federal grant programs.

Project Timeline

Fall 2022

Community Visioning

Spring 2023

Develop Transportation Networks and Metrics

Walk and Roll, Bike, Transit, Vehicle, and Freight

Summer 2023

Identify Projects, Programs, and Policies

Summer-Fall 2023

Prioritize Projects, Programs, and Policies

Fall 2023

Draft Plan

Spring 2024

Final Plan Development and Adoption

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Last Updated: February 2, 2024