There is a sharp increase in transit boardings and walk trips in Thurston County where the activity density is greater than about 20 residents plus jobs per acre (see “More Information”). The more people who ride transit, the more efficient the service, resulting in more people with access to a wide range of jobs, goods, and services without having to depend on a private automobile.
Thurston County’s urban centers and corridors include some 4,760 acres. Within this area there are pockets of high-activity density, such as downtown Olympia (37 jobs plus residents per acre), and low-activity density, such as the stretch of Capitol Boulevard between E Street and Trosper Road (3 jobs plus residents per acre).
Local planning efforts have focused on looking for opportunities to increase activity in centers, areas of existing activity along the corridors, and opportunity sites for larger projects to anchor new hubs of activity.