What is SCCIT?
The Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT) was created in 1985 as our County’s transportation needs continued to outstrip available resources. Innovative solutions were needed to address funding and other critical transportation needs of Snohomish County.
SCCIT is a non-profit organization comprised of business, citizen and governmental leaders who share a common interest in seeking solutions to our transportation problems and assuring that we improve the quality of life for the residents of Snohomish County, as well as providing a more competitive business environment.
Why is SCCIT necessary?
In survey after survey, our ever-increasing transportation needs rank at the top of the list of concerns by the people of Snohomish County. Snohomish County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in Washington State. With this growth comes economic opportunity, but also a tremendous strain on existing transportation infrastructure. While our population and cars grow in numbers, transportation revenues dwindle. Growing congestion dramatically impacts our ability to move people and goods. In addition to impacting our productivity and prosperity, congestion affects our quality of life, from the air we breathe to our reaction to stress.
Transportation infrastructure has been unable to keep pace with our needs. As many areas of the County become more urbanized, we need to find creative solutions to the challenge of mobility—
the ability to move people and freight efficiently. SCCIT provides a successful forum for addressing the transportation challenges before us and the resulting economic consequences.
What has SCCIT Accomplished?
SCCIT has provided leadership across a broad spectrum of transportation issues at the local, state and federal levels of government. Since its inception in 1985, SCCIT has had several major accomplishments:
Secured $3 million in Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) funds for Snohomish County transportation projects.
Helped develop Transportation Benefit District legislation in 1987 and the subsequent Local Transportation Act in 1988.
Aggressively supported a new transportation funding formula that responded to economic development. The effort resulted in the creation of the Transportation Improvement Board and the Transportation Improvement Account.
Influenced transportation demand management legislation.
Worked closely with Snohomish County on revisions to traffic mitigation policy in Snohomish County Code Title 26B.
Continues to maintain close communication and cooperation with local officials, state legislators and U.S. Congressmen.
SCCIT representatives have been appointed to numerous important state and local transportation boards and policy bodies.