Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Design Input Open House Dates: August 3, 4, 9  

Please join SDOT at upcoming open houses to learn more about Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which will begin construction in 2018. SDOT has worked closely with the community to design Madison Street BRT and is continuing to seek community input. Madison Street BRT will provide high-frequency, fast, reliable, and safe public transportation between First Ave and Madison Valley.

At the open houses, the public is encouraged to speak with SDOT staff and provide feedback on the updated design, including roadway and station designs, along with access improvements planned along the corridor. Open house dates are:

  • Wednesday, August 3 

5-7 p.m.

Seattle University, Campion Ballroom

914 E Jefferson St

  • Thursday, August 4

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Town Hall

1119 8th Ave

  • Tuesday, August 9

5-7 p.m.

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

1700 23rd Ave


To give feedback online, visit from August 2-16.

Madison Street BRT will serve the Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Central Area, and Madison Valley neighborhoods. The project will improve transit access on the corridor, especially for neighborhoods south of Madison Street that may have fewer transit options.

Madison Street BRT is the first of seven new RapidRide lines to be delivered in Seattle as part of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. Service on Madison Street is anticipated to begin in 2019.

Find out more about Madison Street BRT at

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Many Neighborhoods Will Enjoy Smoother Streets This Summer

Residents in several Seattle neighborhoods will soon be enjoying the benefits of a special pavement treatment called “microsurfacing.”

ms1Microsurfacing seals minor cracks with a coating that’s less than one-third of an inch thick. It protects the pavement and extends the life of neighborhood streets. This helps the city avoid larger and more expensive repairs later.

We choose the streets to be resurfaced based on the age of the pavement and an on-site inspection. When left untreated, road surfaces can eventually become brittle and may crack. After microsurfacing, it is estimated the pavement will last an additional 7 to 10 years.

2016 Microsurfacing Projects

Between late July and mid-August, people living in the neighborhoods listed below can expect to see our crews hard at work. Check out the neighborhood webpages to learn more about the work and what to expect during microsurfacing.


In the summer of 2015, we microsurfaced 44 lane miles, the total length of traveled pavement surface, spread across 4 neighborhoods. This year we plan to microsurface approximately 60 lane miles.


Please feel free to contact the project team at (206) 727-3669 or by emailing

Want to learn more?

Click here to read more information on the process and benefits of microsurfacing.

Stay current with this project on Twitter or on our On the Move blog, where you will find up-to-date information about road closures, project start and completion dates and times, and project accomplishments.

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Night Out: Not Your Everyday Block Party

Next week is the national Night Out celebration – but it’s more than just a block party. Night Out is an annual event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. Night Out is the first Tuesday in August and has been a Seattle tradition for 32 years. 


Neighbors at Night Out set up tables and chairs on residential streets to share food, play street games and music and get to know one another.

Two Ways to Get Your Block Party Permitted

On any other day of the year, a block party street closure would be permitted through SDOT, but on the first Tuesday of August every year, block party street closures are arranged through the Seattle Police Department. Why? Because it is national Night Out!

Night Out Block Party

  • Allows you to close your residential block to cars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 2, 2016 only.
  • Permits are available through the Seattle Police Department.
  • This permit is FREE.
  • Register your Night Out block party until August 1.
  • Request visits from the Police Department, Fire Department, or Office of Emergency Management to your block party to share safety and emergency-preparedness information.

Neighborhood Block Party

  • Allows you to close your non-arterial block to cars during daylight hours any day of the year.
  • Permits are available through SDOT.
  • This permit is FREE.
  • You need to apply for this permit at least 2 weeks in advance of your event.

More Opportunities to Play in the Streetsummer streets parklet

Throwing a block party is a fun opportunity to meet and play with your neighbors in the street. Check out some of SDOT’s other public space programs:

Play Streets allow you to host recurring street closures under a single permit. Want to host a weekly street soccer game? A monthly potluck or chalk art party?  The Play Streets program is for you!  Check out this new program that makes it easy to use your street as playful space for people. Apply at least 2 weeks before you want to close your street. Permit is free.


PARK(ing) Day Plus+  (September 16-17, 2016) What if you could turn a parking space into a park? Put café tables in front of your favorite business? Create a temporary bike lane?  For two days in September, you can!  If you are working with your neighbors on a project for PARK(ing) Day you may want to plan to finalize your design at your Night Out block party on Tuesday, August 2, so you can meet the permit application deadline on August 5. Permit is free.

Check out our previous post on PARK(ing) Day Plus+ here.

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Two Weeks Left to Apply for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Permits!

Only two weeks left to reserve your space for PARK(ing) Day Plus+!

PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Permit applications and Small Sparks Grant applications are due by Friday, August 5, for the event on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17.

You’ll want to get started now, because:

  • To apply, you need to know which parking spaces you plan to use and you have to submit details of your plan, including a sketch.
  • If you want to apply for a Small Sparks grant, the application process can take up 48 hours once you register before you can apply.

Now is the time to gather your team of friends, neighbors and colleagues to reimagine your street! A temporary park?  A street safety improvement? What would a walkable, livable, and healthy city look like on your block?


Looking for more details or inspiration? Check out the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ Guidelines or SDOT’s flickr album for some fun examples. PARKing day

More about Seattle’s PARK(ing) Day Plus+:

  • Plus+ 2 days of fun
    • This year, we extended the event into two days – Friday September 16, and Saturday, September 17. Participate either day, or both!
  • Plus+ Temporary street improvements
    • In addition to pop-up parks, you can test out temporary bike lanes or sidewalks to enhance the walking and biking environment.
  • Plus+ Small Sparks grants
    • We’re partnering with Department of Neighborhoods to offer funding through the Small Sparks grant program. You can apply for up to $1,000 to support a project or event that helps build stronger and healthier communities. Contact to learn more.

See our previous post about PARK(ing) Day in Seattle here.  Remember to submit your permit application to by August 5!

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Pac-Man Coming to Capitol Hill!

As part of our Pavement to Parks project, SDOT is planning to test a new public open space on Capitol Hill this year – with Pac-Man!

SDOT recently hosted a pop-up demonstration park in that neighborhood and invited the community to submit and vote on their favorite maze-themed mural designs for the street.


Community outreach event on July 14 on Capitol Hill.

The winner? Pac-Man!

This new open public space will use adaptable materials to repurpose the underutilized segment of Summit Ave E between E Denny Way and E Olive Way for a vibrant community gathering place.

Pavement to Parks projects use short-term strategies to deliver new public spaces that will serve as front yards, playgrounds, social spaces, and active zones.

SDOT began installing Pavement to Parks projects in summer 2015 and will be continuing to develop new projects through the city. If you have a great idea for a Pavement to Parks project in your neighborhood, please contact or call 206-733-9649.


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Paying for Parking by Phone in Seattle is Getting Easier!

PayByPhone, SDOT’s parking by phone vendor, has released an improved re-design of their iPhone app! Android release is coming later this summer.


If you pay for street parking in Seattle, you might have already noticed the new look and feel of the iPhone app, or you can download the new version through the Apple app store!

SDOT offers paying by phone in all areas with paid parking as a convenient, easy, and secure payment option. You may already have benefited from the text message reminders when your parking time was about to expire, or the ability to extend your parking time from your phone. Motorcycle and scooter owners don’t need to figure out where to stick the pay station receipt when they pay by phone. A $0.35 user fee per transaction applies.


With the iPhone app re-design for Seattle, there are several handy new features:

  • Hello Seattle: The Space Needle and our downtown skyscrapers greet you when you open the app so that you know you are buying time here.
  • Purchase time in the early morning hours: Parkers arriving at their destinations before 8 AM can take advantage of the design improvements to buy their time.
  • Reminders: The new app makes it easier to see how much time you have left. Also, later this year, PayByPhone will provide walking distance between you and your parking location, and will offer you an extension if parking time is still available to avoid a ticket or costly fine.
  • You can now organize your vehicles by easily taking a picture of them and assigning a nickname.
  • Adding a new credit card is as easy as using the camera to scan the information, which eliminates manually entering your credit card details.


In March 2016, about 130,000 paid parking transactions in Seattle were made by phone, or 13 percent of all paid parking transactions. Each month this number is growing.

SDOT makes our pay station and pay by phone transaction data available to app developers and data scientists. Check it out here:

For more information see or SDOT at

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South Shore K-8 Gets Safer Routes to School

Walking or biking to school just got a whole lot safer for students at South Shore K-8!

Through our Safe Routes to School program, the area received improvements including a curb bulb, traffic island, new traffic signal along Rainier Ave, 20 MPH school zone flashing beacons, and public artwork at the intersection of Rainier Avenue S and 51st Avenue S.


We also supported a Basics of Bicycling education program, and a 12-week long after school Urban Cycling Club to encourage kids to get around safely. Thanks to a partnership with Bike Works, we were also able to give free bikes to kids who participated in the Urban Cycling Club.


When parents and neighbors from South Shore K-8 reached out for help making their community safer for kids’ commutes, we jumped at the opportunity. “During the South Shore Safe Routes to School program we started a dialogue about what changes we need in our neighborhood to feel comfortable walking and biking to school and built partnerships to make those changes happen,” said Sebrena Burr, whose daughter attends South Shore.

New King and Queen art installation

New King and Queen art installation

We’re excited to how this project will improve the South Shore community, including:

  • Improved safety for kids walking or biking to school
  • Reduced speeding along Rainier Avenue S
  • Increased awareness of how the community can support kids walking and biking
  • Reduced congestion as more kids walk and bike to school
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Take Advantage of Summer by Biking or Walking to Work

Summer is upon us, and it’s an excellent time to consider commuting by bike or walking.

Golden Gardens is the perfect place to play on a sunny summer day

Golden Gardens is the perfect place to play on a sunny summer day

Getting out of the car can be good for our environment, good for your health, and may even help your mood by avoiding the road rage which impacts 8 out of 10 drivers.

If you already commute by transit, add a little extra time outdoors by going to the next bus stop before boarding, or getting off one stop early. You might also consider a combination bike – bus commute: ride your bike to the bus stop, use transit for the longest leg of your commute, and then ride the last mile to work.


You can even help Seattle stay one of the most walkable cities in the country by checking out our draft Pedestrian Master Plan update and giving us your feedback by August 12!

Do you need help planning your route? We can help! Check out:

Start out small and work your way up to more frequent and longer trips. Identify the important transition points in your commute where one mode may present greater efficiency over another. It won’t be long before you develop a flexible commute that will maximize your effort and minimize your commute times.

Seattle summers include rain, but don't let that stop you

Seattle summers include rain, but don’t let that stop you

By the time Labor Day rolls around, you’ll be a commuter pro!

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Planting Trees Across the Country

Last week we were excited to welcome Nikola Agatic, who rode into town after completing a cross-county bicycle trip with stops for tree planting along the way.


We joined community members to help him plant a tree in Railroad Park, which for trivia buffs was planted by producers from Sleepless in Seattle as a thank you to the Westlake neighborhood after filming.

Seattle was the perfect place to the end trek, as an Arbor Day Tree City USA for 30 years and one of the best cities in the country for biking.


Thanks for the tree Nikola! If you want to get a tree of your own to help keep our city green, Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is giving them this October and November. Enter the lottery drawing between July 18 and August 8, and you could win a FREE tree for your home or neighborhood.

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Food Business Roadshow – Round 2!

The Seattle Office of Economic Development coordinated the City’s first “Food Business Roadshow” earlier this year – an opportunity for aspiring food-business entrepreneurs to ask questions of various city and state agencies. It was such a great success, a second Food Business Roadshow was held in June – and also turned out to be huge hit!


Food vendors at Westlake Park.

Thanks to these two successful events, SDOT staff had the opportunity to coach more than 100 food-business entrepreneurs so we’re planning to hold roadshows every quarter, starting in early 2017! The free events are a wonderful opportunity to ask us questions about anything relating to vending in the right of way, streateries, signage, and sidewalk cafés.

SDOT Street Use staff providing counseling and educational materials at the June event.

SDOT Street Use staff providing counseling and educational materials.

Do you have plans to start your own food truck? Are you interested in opening a new restaurant or adding a sidewalk café to an existing one?  We’ll be announcing the next Food Business Roadshow soon!

If you have any questions about these events or about how food-business owners can use public space, please visit:  Or feel free to reach out to us at or 206-684-5253.

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