Tag: monorail

Urban Politics #204: Monorail Vote

September 26th, 2005

have supported monorail technology since my election to the City Council in 1998. At that time I was the only city councilmember who supported the monorail. In 2000, I proposed to fund a study of how a monorail could be built. The Council refused to even consider my measure. Initiative 53 was then introduced and passed by the public, and did essentially the same thing as my proposal. I then served as chair or co-chair of Council committees dealing with monorail issues.

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Urban Politics #200: Seattle City Council Role In Review Of The Seattle Monorail Project Green Line

June 22nd, 2005

On June 20, the Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) staff released an agreement with the Cascadia Monorail Company to construct and operate the Green Line monorail. The agreement covers the price, the location of the Green Line route and stations, the construction schedule, and the operations and maintenance of the system. The SMP also released a financing plan.

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Urban Politics #182: Monorail Alignment

July 11th, 2004

The City Council has recently taken three important actions on the monorail project regarding the alignment, transit-way agreement, and independent financial review. Each action is described below, along with other monorail-related work the Council will take up in the future.

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Urban Politics #179: Survey Question On Monorail Route

April 24th, 2004

The City Council will most likely take a vote on the Monorail route at its May 3rd Committee of the Whole meeting. However, as it is now there may be portions of the route that the Council will refrain from voting on until a Full Council meeting is held later, most likely in June.

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Urban Politics #177: 3 Brown-Bag Noon Discussions

April 10th, 2004

I’m sponsoring three brown-bag forums in the City Hall Council Chambers during the month of April. They will involve local public officials, professionals and citizens in discussing issues that affect our Seattle residents. Attendance is open to all and there will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of the panelists.

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Urban Politics #176: Two Key Votes On Monday

March 12th, 2004

On Monday the City Council will cast two key votes: one on a multifamily housing tax exemption, and another on the Nucor steel City Light contract. They represent shifting millions of tax dollars from developers to homeowners and shifting electrical charges from a single company to other City Light ratepayers.

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Urban Politics #175: Monorail Design Guidelines

February 27th, 2004

The City Council will be considering design guidelines for the monorail in the Monorail Committee of the Whole (COW), co-chaired by Jan Drago and myself.
The guidelines address urban design and access issues for all monorail facilities, as well as related improvements to streets and rights-of-way that are incorporated into the design and construction of monorail facilities. The guidelines will not prescribe a specific design; rather they will set expectations for the Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) to meet in the design of its facilities.

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Urban Politics #168: City Council’s Comments On Monorail Deis

October 15th, 2003

Yesterday, the City Council sent comments on the Seattle Monorail Projects Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the monorail Green Line. The comments focus mostly on broad areas, such as mitigation, transportation, neighborhood impacts, impacts on residents and small businesses, trees, and depth of analysis.

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Urban Politics #164: Homeless Men Downtown; Monorail Center Route

September 14th, 2003

On Tuesday, September 2nd I invited representatives from the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and downtown social service providers to discuss what to do when the social service provider Compass Center closes in January for renovations. It is estimated that during this time 300 to 400 people per day who have been accessing their hygiene services will be on the streets for over a year.

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Urban Politics #163: SHA Changes Rules

September 11th, 2003

After nearly a year the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), working with the Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) Advisory Committee, will adopt new policies aimed at cutting program costs and moving to a tiered rent structure in an effort to guarantee future access to the SSHP for low-income seniors. This is a victory for the seniors who live in this SHA program since 75% of them are at 30% or below of median income.

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