Posts for 'Transportation'

December Council Edition

December 19th, 2014

The December episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Godden, Harrell and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss Downtown protests, the Viaduct, medical marijuana, cleaning up the Duwamish river, and more.  


Poetry on Buses

November 3rd, 2014

The next time you’re crammed into an overcrowded bus, there may be poetry on board to help pass the time.


40 Years of Street Musicians

September 15th, 2014

It wasn’t until 40 years ago that Seattle street musicians could collect donations for their performances.


UP #354: Should we build rail on First Avenue downtown?

July 7th, 2014

This past Monday, the Council granted my request to delay voting on Resolution 31526, relating to the proposed Center City Connector (CCC) street rail project slated for First Avenue. The resolution would have both adopted the City Connector Transit Study Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and would have endorsed efforts to pursue federal funding for the […]


Urban Politics #351: Fair Funding for Metro Transit

May 19th, 2014

Can the regressive sales tax increase in the Mayor’s proposed Metro funding plan be avoided?


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 […]