Tag: Transportation committee

Urban Politics #201: Revenge Of The Sith? Response to Streetcar Suppporters Form Letter

June 23rd, 2005

Normally I don’treprint other newsletters in my Urban Politics, but apparently UP# 199 struck a raw nerve among the SLU Streetcar supporters and they have been sending out a form letter to Councilmembers.

I’m reprinting it below with my response. I urge you to decide for yourself and then Email City Hall on where your dollars should go for transit service.

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Urban Politics #183: Replacing The Viaduct

September 27th, 2004

The replacement of the existing Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) looms as the largest transportation project Seattle will have ever seen, potentially more than twice the cost of the proposed monorail. The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has narrowed further consideration of the five construction options it has studied to just two: the rebuild option costing about $2.7-$3.1 billion, and the full tunnel option for about a billion dollars more. The cost gap between the two is roughly equivalent to the combined cost of the Seahawks and Mariner’s stadiums. Each option would take multiple years to complete, ranging from 6-8 years, with the rebuild option appearing to be about a year shorter than the tunnel.

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Urban Politics #134: Downtown Tunnel & Sound Transit

June 21st, 2002

Legislation passed out of Transportation Committee on June 19, 2002 by a vote of 2 to 1; Conlin & McIver for, Licata against. The final vote will be in the Full Council on July first.

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Urban Politics #131: Paying For Sound Transit’S CDF

April 16th, 2002

ST plans on beginning construction in early 2004. Construction should take about three and a half years. The entire 14 mile route will not be under construction at the same time. ST will operate in segments of approximately a quarter mile. However they have begun acquiring properties along the route and in particular MLK to make way for their future work. About 300 businesses, mostly small minority owned ones, will be impacted by the work along the entire route. About 65 have been identified as having to move. The remainder will try to stay open during construction but most will likely suffer a loss in revenue.

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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 #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 #71: Opening Up Shoreline Street Ends

September 26th, 1999

This Monday City Council will vote to amend Ordinance 119260 to remove private encroachments on all shoreline street ends so that they are eventually opened for public access.

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Urban Politics #60: Multilaterial Agreement On Investment (MAI)

April 12th, 1999

At Monday’s (4/12/99) Full City Council Meeting, the Council passed Resolution #29926 that I sponsored along with Peter Steinbrueck and Richard Conlin by a vote of 8-0. The Resolution expresses Seattle’s concern with provisions in the MAI that could restrict the City’s ability to regulate the activities of individuals or corporations impacting land uses, labor practices and the environment.

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Urban Politics #59: Update On MPD Legislation

March 21st, 1999

The legislation amending the Revised Code of Washington on Metropolitan Park Districts (MPD) has passed both houses. The house version will be going to the Senate where two critical amendments still need to be made before a final vote is taken.

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