The Move All Seattle Sustainably coalition, the raft of community groups that came together last fall to push Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration to act more quickly on transforming the city’s transportation infrastructure, are calling for support Tuesday as a Seattle City Council committee hears updates on levy spending and RapidRide implementation.
“We think the City needs to be more ambitious about prioritizing public transit on our roads,” MASS writes. “Buses carrying scores of riders shouldn’t get stuck behind a sea of single-occupancy vehicles!”
The $930 million “levy to move Seattle” had a lot going for it in improving transit across the city and in District 3 but some of the realities of the plan have fallen short of hopes. One example is the coming set of protected bike lanes on E Union where city planners are considering a setup that would include forcing bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk at key intersections.
Part of Tuesday’s transportation committee meeting will also be dedicated to updates on RapidRide including the Madison “Bus Rapid Transit” RapidRide G line scheduled to be in place for service beginning in 2021.
Speeding the route for bus service on 23rd Ave, meanwhile, is being planned as a “Transit-Plus Multimodal Project” as it awaits a schedule for implementation — eventually — as a RapidRide route:
For the four Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor Projects (Rainier, Market, Fremont and 23rd Ave BRT), SDOT will make transit speed and reliability improvements with safety and access to transit improvements with Levy funds and any additional partner funding that can be secured. These improvements, which may include bus lanes, transit priority signals, upgrades to bus zones, and facilities to improve access to transit, will provide benefits within the Levy timeframe to the thousands of riders and travelers currently utilizing these corridors. Additionally, SDOT is making transit spot improvements throughout the city using Transit Corridors Levy funding and Seattle Transit Benefit District funding.
“The Market, Fremont, and 23rd Avenue corridors continue to be included in Metro’s long-range plan as RapidRide corridors,” city planners write in the update for the council, “and will be programmed for additional investment by Metro as part of future phases of their RapidRide Expansion Program. SDOT will develop Transit-Plus Multimodal investments to be forward compatible with future Metro investments.”
The full update on RapidRide is here (PDF).
As for the levy funded work, SDOT touts new sidewalks in Northeast Seattle and “Safe Routes to Schools” work near several school’s including the Central District’s Thurgood Marshall among its first quarter 2019 accomplishments. Of the $28.8 million spent in the quarter, SDOT says the $5.4 million Lander St overpass and $4.7 million in operations and maintenance spending were two of the biggest line items. Overall, it plans to spend $218 million in levy funds this year.
The full status report on Move Seattle levy implementation work is below:
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