Tag: Sound Transit

Urban Politics #202: Sound Transit Light Rail and First Hill Station

July 25th, 2005

The Council voted 7-1 (Licata) on Monday for a resolution encouraging
Sound Transit to keep a light rail station on First Hill in their plans
for the light rail line (Della absent).

The First Hill station demonstrates the project’s complexity, and the
difficult choices and tradeoffs involved in planning the rail line.
While I support the good intentions of the resolution, I voted “no”
because of the potential $1 billion impact, and the impact it may have
on extensions for Phase 2 of Link Light Rail.

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Urban Politics #130: Paying For Sound Transit’S CDF

April 15th, 2002

On Friday, April 13th, the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted 2 to 1 (McIver & Conlin vs. Licata) to pass Council Bill 114115, giving Sound Transit’s Community Development Fund (CDF) $43 million. Half of the money will come from our public utilities: $17.5 million from City Light and $4 million from the Water Department. The other half will come from our general fund or Community Development Block Grant funds if they are available.

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Urban Politics #123: Polls On Sound Transit — Part II

January 13th, 2002

Both polls have similar demographics for age, time living in the Puget Sound region, and home ownership. Both find over 60% identify transportation as the most important regional issue.

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Urban Politics #122: Polls On Sound Transit — Part I

January 13th, 2002

As this region is about to begin constructing Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail, the debate continues on as to whether we are creating a solution to our traffic congestion or something so far less as to be not worth the effort.

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Urban Politics #105: Council Votes On Sound Transit Resolutions

April 9th, 2001

On Tuesday, April 3 the Transportation Committee of the City Council voted on the two resolutions I introduced and co-sponsored (described in UP #103). The Tunnel Transfer Agreement passed 9-0; the Light Rail Review Committee resolution was replaced by another version, as explained below.

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Urban Politics #103: Sound Transit Resolutions

March 27th, 2001

I am co-sponsoring two resolutions now before the City Council that deal with Sound Transit. Votes are scheduled for both at the Transportation Committee meeting next Tuesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Before addressing the details, some background may be helpful.

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Urban Politics #95: Sound Transit, Sane Transit & The Monorail

November 17th, 2000

Two recent events could dramatically reduce our congested streets in the not too distant future.
First of all, the voters of Seattle have approved Initiative 53, the Monorail Initiative, by over a 12% margin. The law now requires the City to re-establish and properly fund the independent ETC so that they can do their job and prepare a solid monorail proposed project to the voters in 2 years.

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Urban Politics #94: Vote On Increasing Contribution Limits

September 26th, 2000

On Friday, September 22, the Legislative Department and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee of the City Council voted 3-2 in favor of a $600 donation limit. (Pageler, Drago & Conlin vs Steinbrueck & Licata).

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Urban Politics #93: Audit Of Sound Transit

September 6th, 2000

I have joined a group of more than 50 elected officials, prominent community leaders and activists in calling for an independent audit of Sound Transit’s Link light-rail project.

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Urban Politics #90: A Critique Of The Monorail Legislation

August 1st, 2000

On Monday, July 31st, the City Council voted 7 to 1, (I dissented and CM Steinbrueck was absent) for the Wills/Conlin Monorail legislation (CB # 113304). Thanks to CM Wills and Conlin, the bill did incorporate some of the language that was in the legislation (CB # 113305) sponsored by CM Nicastro and me.

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