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Tag: Light Rail

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Urban Politics #35: Library Bond Shaping Up

May 3rd, 1998

The City Council met with Head Librarian and Board Members to discuss the public’s reaction so far to the proposed bond. Overall reaction has been positive.


Urban Politics #22: History Of UP

December 27th, 1997

started this E-mail missive just over a year ago, in the Fall of ’96. A separate E-mailing had also been sent to all UP subscribers with information concerning my campaign under the title “LICATA CAMPAIGN NOTES ” (LCN).