Tag: streetcar

Urban Politics #271: Transportation Projects & Funding

December 27th, 2008

In the February 2007 election, both the tunnel/surface and the elevated options to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct were voted down. Since March 2007 the Washington State DOT, Seattle DOT and King County/Metro have worked together with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to form options to replace the Viaduct portion of SR 99, which the Governor says will come down in 2012. The agencies expanded the study area from the Central Waterfront to the Seattle city limits on the south end, and North 85th in the north end.

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Urban Politics #270: Sausage Making & Streetcars

December 9th, 2008

We’ve all heard how making legislation is like making sausage; you don’t want to see it being made. The Council’s Full Council streetcar vote on Monday was a day at the sausage factory. For those intrigued by how legislation gets made, read on, for those who just as soon not know, stop here and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Urban Politics #269: $600 Million for a Streetcar Network?

December 7th, 2008

On Monday the City Council could go down the same path that they are going down with the Mercer Corridor Project, i.e. they could signal their willingness to spend hundreds of millions on a project for which there is no money and for results that are at best unknown and most likely will show a degradation in service.

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Urban Politics #248: Council Votes

February 11th, 2008

I co-sponsored Resolution 31041, along with Councilmembers Richard Conlin and Richard McIver, urging the State Legislature to adopt legislation to require local municipalities to record their executive sessions. Currently there is no requirement in law requiring governing bodies to keep a verbatim record of discussions conducted in executive, which are closed to the public.

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Urban Politics #245: City Wide Streetcar Network

January 8th, 2008

Today the Transportation Committee had a briefing from SDOT, Marni
Heffron, a City hired consultant, the Streetcar Alliance and Anne Vernez
Moudon, a consultant to them from the University of Washington Urban
Form Lab. Both consultants produced reports. All presenters at the table
were in agreement that the expansion of a Streetcar system would benefit
Seattle.

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Urban Politics #237: Funding the SLU Streetcar

June 26th, 2007

This Monday (6/25/07) the Full Council voted 7-1 (Steinbrueck excused absence) in favor of Council Bill 115917 which provides a financing plan for the operation of the South Lake Union streetcar, and approves an agreement with King County Metro to operate the streetcar. I cast the “no” vote.

I had written in great detail about this legislation in the last UP #236. What follows is a much briefer description of how I see this particular project fitting into the larger picture of providing good transportation services in Seattle.

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Urban Politics #236: SLU Streetcar Update

June 18th, 2007

On June 12, the Council’s Transportation Committee voted 4-1 (Drago, Godden, Rasmussen, Steinbrueck, v. Licata) in favor of Council Bill 115917, which provides a financing plan for the operation of the South Lake Union (SLU) streetcar, and approves an agreement with King County Metro to operate the streetcar. I cast the ‘no’ vote. The Council will likely vote on this bill at our June 25th Full Council meeting.

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