Posts for 'Transportation'

Urban Politics #347: My Bold New Plan for Pedestrian Safety Downtown

April 1st, 2014

I’m introducing legislation to wrap foam padding around poles along sidewalks to reduce physical harm to inattentive pedestrian texters.


Update on wheelchair-accessible taxis

February 28th, 2014

Yesterday the City Council voted to approve an amendment I introduced to reduce the requirements for wheelchair-accessible taxi license holders. It’s designed to create a fairer, more level playing field to ensure this vital service continues to operate. Wheelchair-accessible taxis provide a valuable service for disabled persons, who have fewer transportation options than most people. […]


Crisis in Bus Service Funding, Continued

November 22nd, 2013

The crisis in bus service funding I wrote about earlier this year has not been resolved. King County Metro continues to face an annual shortfall of $75 million beginning in mid-2014. If new funding is not attained, service will need to be cut at that time. Metro released proposed service cuts in the event new […]


Updates on 2014 revenue forecast, Viaduct replacement

September 13th, 2013

Revenue Forecast: The Council recently received the final revenue forecast before the 2014 budget process begins. According to the City Budget Office update, an estimated $10.3 million in new General Fund revenues are forecast, an increase of roughly 1% over previous forecasts. The Mayor will announce the proposed 2014 budget on Monday, September 23. Viaduct […]


Wheelchair-accessible taxi legislation

September 6th, 2013

On August 12, the City Council passed legislation I sponsored regarding wheelchair-accessible taxis (WAT). This legislation reduces the number of hours a WAT license holder must personally drive a vehicle from 40 to 30 hours per week. This legislation places the driving requirement in line with requirements for regular taxis. This struck me as an […]


$14.8 million collected by Seattle’s speed camera enforcement to be used for traffic safety improvements around schools across the City

September 4th, 2013

This is rock solid proof that dedication of school zone speed camera revenue to this purpose has already expanded these improvements to more schools, improving the safety of schoolchildren and others.


Waterfront Transit and Alaskan Way

July 12th, 2013

On Monday the Council will receive an update about planning for transit on the waterfront, and for redesigning Alaskan Way after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed and the seawall is repaired. The transit update includes looking at restoring the waterfront streetcar, putting in a modern streetcar, and options for mini-bus and regular bus. Recent […]


Urban Politics #337: The Rise and Fall of Seattle’s Monorail Movement

June 3rd, 2013

I was recently handed Dick Falkenbury’s “Rise Above it All” book and found it a compelling personal story of one man’s attempt to install his vision of what the future for Seattle should be. Aside from the over-sized drama that Falkenbury portrays, some serious questions are raised about the effectiveness of government initiating and financing […]


Crisis in Bus Service Funding

April 26th, 2013

We face a crisis in funding for our bus service. King County Metro estimates that 17% of current service will need to be cut, beginning next year, without additional funding. The problem is not new. Since 2008, King County Metro has faced a funding shortfall that they have addressed through a variety of efficiencies. Decline […]


Council vote would allow for Car2Go expansion

March 15th, 2013

You may have noticed the small white and blue vehicles that started appearing in some Seattle neighborhoods beginning in January. The vehicles are part of Car2Go, a car-sharing company that allows members to drive the vehicles one way, and park on city streets. It’s proven to be a popular service during its short time here, […]