Transportation & Land Use

Transportation and land use policies to create vibrant, safe, transit-oriented communities and reduce climate emissions.

Our transportation system has a profound impact on the overall livability of our city. As Seattle's population continues to grow, traffic congestion will also continue to grow resulting in greater public health impacts and an increased amount of time spent in traffic unless we can provide better transportation choices for residents and businesses. 

Providing better ways to get around is a cornerstone of Seattle's climate action strategy and as such, the Office of Sustainability & Environment works with other City departments and agencies to implement transit-, bike- and pedestrian-friendly policies.  

OSE's Key Initiatives

The Office of Sustainability and Environment plays a role in the following initiatives. See the Programs & Policies page of this section for additional Transportation-related work the City is engaged in.

Key Initiatives

Promoting electric vehicles is an important part of the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from cars and trucks on Seattle’s roads, which make up 40 percent of our city-wide footprint and are the single largest source of emissions.

Moving the Needle T&LU overview

Below is a summary of the Transportation & Land Use strategies, goals and progress to date from the City's environmental progress report, Moving the Needle. Visit the Moving the Needle page for more information, download the full report, or check out the report's T&LU section for infographics and more.

Seattle will accommodate our growing community in a way that lessens our impacts and fosters a thriving city. Our strategies include: 

  1. Transportation Choices

    Providing affordable and reliable transportation options that lower greenhouse gas emissions.

  2. Complete Neighborhoods

    Building economically diverse urban neighborhoods where what you need is close to where you live.

  3. Safe Streets

    Improving pedestrian & bicycle safety to make walking & biking more appealing. 

Transportation Choices 45% drive alone commute trips by 2020 49% of residents commute to work in a single occupancy vehicle.
Seattle has joined an elite group of cities where less than 50% of workers commute by single occupancy vehicle.
Increase the number of pedestrians & people on bikes 27% increase in pedestrians since 2011 and 64% increase in people on bikes since 2011
Complete Neighborhoods 45% of homes are located within urban villages by 2030 42% of homes are currently located within urban villages. This is 132,626 out of a total of 317,581 homes.
Urban villages connect residents to nearby amenities and services.
Reduce renter households spending more than half their income on housing 21% of renter households spend more than half their income on housing.
Seattle has 52% renter households.
85% of jobs are within urban villages by 2030 Almost there! 84% of jobs are located in urban villages.
Safe Streets Eliminate serious & fatal crashes by 2030 In 2013, there were 104 crashes, down from 198 in 2012. Numbers include vehicle crashes as well as bike & pedestrian.