Teeing up a ballot measure this fall to help pay for it all, Mayor Ed Murray rolled out his Move Seattle plan Monday including an “A to X” (come on city planners, you couldn’t think of two more initiatives!) roster of transportation projects being planned to make Seattle’s streets safer and more efficient by 2024. The plan includes projects with a combined budget of $835 million.
Longterm goals include a roster of safety initiatives and the target of providing “72% of Seattle residents with 10-minute all-day transit service within a 10-minute walk of their homes.”
In addition to high-level goals, there are also near-term initiatives on the roster with plans like these Central Seattle projects targeted for completion in the next three years:
- Begin construction of bus rapid transit on Madison Street
- Begin construction of the Center City Streetcar Connector and the Broadway Extension on Capitol Hill
- Install 1,500 bike parking spaces over the next three years
Even more near-term, Car2Go is piggybacking on the Move Seattle announcement with its news that it is expanding its Seattle fleet to 750 vehicles, a 50% increase, and expanding its service boundaries in the city to cover more of South Seattle and West Seattle. Earlier this year, CHS reported on Seattle’s expansion of its car sharing program to include new providers and more cars in the city.
2015 will also see the first benefits of the voter-approved transportation district to better fund Metro bus service in Seattle.
Another near-term upgrade not included in the Move Seattle plan is the federally boosted expansion of the Pronto bike share into the Central District later this year.
With the city’s Bridging the Gap levy expiring this year, Move Seattle will require “a replacement source of funding,” the plan posted Monday (PDF) afternoon notes in its conclusion:
Seattle’s transportation funding landscape is complex. We pay for our work with a variety of different revenue sources, each with its own rules and restrictions. With the expiration of the first Bridging the Gap property levy at the end of 2015, SDOT will have about $110 million a year in ongoing transportation revenues. The largest two are SDOT’s share of the City’s General Fund and the Commercial Parking Tax, which combined represent nearly 80% of that $110 million. Other sources include School Zone Camera revenue — used to make safety improvements around schools — as well as the City’s share of the State’s Gas Tax and the $20 Vehicle License Fee.
- D Broadway Streetcar Extension (CHS coverage)
- U Beacon / 12th / Broadway Complete Streets
- N Pike/Pine Complete Street (CHS coverage)
- K Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Complete Street (CHS coverage)
- S 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – Phase 4 (CHS coverage)
- Q Yesler/Jefferson Complete Streets
- A 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – Phases 1-3 (CHS coverage)
The city’s plan includes project sheets for the initiatives. Here’s the $107 million to $131 million “U” group including Beacon Hill, Broadway and 12th Ave “complete streets” —The planning document hangs a $24 million price tag on extending the streetcar and bikeway up Broadway to Roy and notes that the city has been “awarded federal grants for construction” of the project. “Additional local funds or partnerships will be needed to realize the project,” the Move Seattle plan reminds.
You can review the full Move Seattle plan here (PDF).