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Through four key programs launched within our first year, the ACES Northwest Network will deliver collaborative funding-ready projects that will enhance transit connectivity, improves access to mobility services, and demonstrate leading-edge technologies right here in Puget Sound.  Our Program teams address urban design, suburban mobility, long-distance travel, and managing curb space.  These programs represent more than $2 million in value to policymakers and public agencies and set the stage for increased equity and access in mobility.

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ACES Urban Design Studio

South Lake Union

ACES Northwest Network member NBBJ is leading our ACES Urban Design Studio in South Lake Union.  A collaboration of Network members, the UDS will showcase how we can adapt our urban infrastructure to better accommodate shared vehicles, provide people-centric environments for walking and bicycling, and incorporate safe designs that reduce conflicts and capitalize on the power that ACES technologies are bringing to mobility with connected and shared transportation solutions that can be efficiently directed in dense and busy urban centers.

Urban Design Studio Projects

  • Mobility on Demand with Microtransit
  • Transportation Electrification
  • Autonomous Vehicle Demonstration Zone and Land Use Impacts

Image courtesy of Scott O. Kuznicki

ACES Eastside Group

Chair – Kevin Wallace, Wallace Properties

The ACES Eastside Work Group is based at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and coordinates a state legislative program through the (nine) Eastside Chambers of Commerce. ACES subgroups for South and North King County/so Snohomish have been launched and tailored to local conditions for projects below.

1. Promote ACES Flexible Electric CommutePool Initiative:The signature project for the ACES Eastside Group has been the successful recruitment of employers and financial support for the City of Bellevue’s USDOT grant application for “A Flexible, Electric, Autonomous CommutePool Network”.

  1. Our goal is to organize and accelerate deployment of the CommutePool program – initially along the I-405 and SR 167 corridors with opportunities for expansion throughout central Puget Sound.
  2. We can accomplish this through leveraging Washington state Commute Trip Reduction incentives, gathering origin/destination data from employers, identifying curb access opportunities, and exploring potential super fast charging station locations for CommutePool, Transportation Network Companies, and freight delivery vehicles at mobility hubs along corridors.

2. Autonomous Vehicle Circulator: An ACES goalis to pilot an autonomous electric shuttle program on the Eastside through private sector underwriting. If successful, these EV/AV shuttles could be operated by Metro as part of the first mile last mile partnership program. ACES partners Bellevue Chamber and AAA Washington lead the project incorporating the Bellevue Transit Center. Other pilot projects in the Bellevue Growth Corridor (including Eastgate), Renton and SeaTac are being explored.

3. Shared Mobility (Car Sharing/Ride Sharing):

  1. ACES supports amendment to the King County Code to allow fleet-based transportation network companies (TNC’s) in addition to privately owned vehicles to operate countywide.
  2. ACES supports state regulatory reform and license harmonization efforts by TNC’s.
  3. ACES is working with local governments to ensure car share and rideshare curbside access.

4. EV Policies and Infrastructure:ACES is working with Puget Sound Energy (PSE), transit agencies, WSDOT and electrification advocacy alliances to expand state incentives for consumer purchase of electric vehicles, construction of fast charging stations on the Eastside, and joint EV charging infrastructure for government fleets, CommutePool, on-demand ride-share/carshare, and freight delivery. ACES is also engaged in a project to provide used electric vehicles and multi-family charging infrastructure to lower income communities in SeaTac and South King County neighborhoods.

5. Small Cell/5G Wireless: ACES is working with business alliances and major cell carriers (Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon) to expedite permitting and deployment of small cell wireless infrastructure. A major public education campaign for community leaders about the opportunities for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles from widespread 5G networks is also under development.

Graphics courtesy of Madrona Venture Group
Image courtesy of Scott O. Kuznicki

ACES Demonstration Corridor

Interstate 5 in Snohomish County

Interstate 5 north of Everett continues to become more congested.  The addition of an HOV lane from Everett to SR 530 is an opportunity to create a new connected-vehicle demonstration corridor, where WSDOT and transit agencies can test applications such as ice warning, early braking, speed harmonization assistance, and other systems that rely on vehicles that are connected to roadside hardware and to each other.  With these connections, they will share data and act on information often before problems are visible, reducing crashes and improving the efficiency of the HOV lane.  This single demonstration project, with state-of-the-art communications hardware, will be the only West Coast connected vehicle corridor outside of California.

Curb Management Group

The Curb Management Group is exploring new ways to leverage mobile connectivity, cloud analytics, and vehicle communications systems to create curb management demonstrations that optimize curb access and preserve transit reliability in densely-developed urban areas.