SDOT is Installing 10 New Taxi Stands and Wants Your Location Suggestions

SDOT is installing 10 new taxi stands through 2015 and we’re looking for input on where they should go. Taxi stands are dedicated curb spaces where only taxis can wait. Taxi stands are a predictable way for people to know where they can catch a taxi downtown and throughout the city’s neighborhoods. If you have ideas on new locations for taxi stands, there are two ways that you can provide input. Please select whichever option is easiest for you. Please checkout our latest Blog Video below.

Possible New Taxi Stand additions available to Ballard and South Lake Union neighborhoods

New Taxi Stand additions available to Ballard, South Lake Union and other neighborhoods

You can suggest a new taxi stand location using this map. The map includes the existing taxi stand locations in red. To suggest a new location:

  1. Zoom into the location
  2. Click the Editor Button in the top left
  3. Click on the taxi symbol  on the left
  4. Click on the map where you would like to recommend a new taxi stand
  5. Fill in the information in the pop-up box to tell us why you’re recommending this location.
  6. When finished, click on the small “x” in the upper right corner of the pop-up box to save your recommendation on the map

 

If you’d prefer to send your ideas directly, you can also contact Kiersten Grove at kiersten.grove@seattle.gov or call 206.684.4653. Please include the street name, the nearest cross street, and which side of the street you’d suggest.

We’re asking for suggestions by April 20, and after that we can begin looking into the feasibility of specific locations.  We’ll follow up with additional communication throughout the spring and will be installing the new taxi stands in the summer. Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas!

Seattle is Growing…and so is Access

Seattle is booming. Right now there are approximately 100 active and upcoming construction projects in downtown; 129 current and upcoming projects across four hub areas outside of city center; and one very busy Access Seattle team.

 

The effort that began nearly one year ago is a big step for the City of Seattle—managing construction impacts holistically across all projects, public and private. That big step has met with appreciation, profound need and budget approval to hire a third site coordinator.

 

The Access Seattle Construction Hub Coordination program kicked off in 2014 with two site coordinators: Ken Ewalt and Wayne Gallup. They meet regularly with contractors, area residents and business owners to identify and resolve construction conflicts. They’ve become pretty well-known as hard-working honest guys dedicated to problem solving—from collaboration and guidance to enforcement and follow through. Joining them just this week is Jack Bighorse, direct from private sector work as the resident engineer for the Mercer West Project.

3Coordinators

 

Jack Bighorse is new to SDOT but not new to the work. For Mercer West he was responsible for coordinating all private and public projects in and around the site. He has 20+ years of construction management and inspection services experience and has worked on numerous projects including the SR 99 Bore Tunnel, I-90 Homer Hadley Bridge, Sound Transit I-5 Pike/Pine and the Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunneling project. Suffice it to say he can hit the ground running and we may quite literally need that—it’s busy out there!

 

The Access Seattle Site Coordinators are working to be single points of contact for efficient, clear communication. Some businesses have told us they’ve come to see Ken and Wayne as family, working together for fair results. Now, just as we welcome Jack to the fold, Wayne will be out for one month to spend time with his family out of state. So we’re not quite at 3…but we will be by April 27, 2015. In the meantime, welcome Jack; be aware that Jack and Ken will be sharing duties across all hubs the next four weeks; and let us know what questions you have about our growing team and critical effort to limit cumulative construction impacts. You can reach us at: SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov

 

If you’re not very familiar with Access Seattle and its Construction Hub Coordination Program, check out some of these blog posts. Keep reading and we’ll keep working to Move Seattle!

Official Streetcar On-Street Test and Tour Today

SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Mayor Murray, and Sound Transit are hosting a media tour of the new streetcar maintenance facility marking the start of testing of the First Hill Streetcar and showcasing its first car today.

First Hill Streetcar Testing

First Hill Streetcar Testing

SDOT Director Scott Kubly shared progress towards start-up of this new transit service and the mobility enhancements the streetcar system will provide to the community and visitors in Seattle. There will be more updates and photos posted soon.

 

Georgetown Bites Celebrates the Colorful Cuisine of Historic Georgetown Saturday 3/28

SDOT recently began work on Georgetown Festival Street. So what is a festival street? It’s a public place that has been designated for recurring temporary closure to vehicular traffic use for the purpose of pedestrian-oriented special activities.

The Georgetown Festival Street will be on 12th Avenue S between S Vale (All-City Coffee) and S Bailey Streets (at the end of the block – past the overpass). It will also include S Vale Street between 12th Avenue S and Airport Way S.

As you all might know the Georgetown industrial arts corridor is home to some of Seattle’s most distinguished culinary attractions. From boutique breweries to chocolate confections, decadent burgers to gourmet delis, soda fountains to yogurt factories, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is also its most sumptuous.

Here’s a heads up on a Saturday event celebrating Georgetown:

Georgetown Bites: A Taste of Georgetown offers delicacies from 28 diverse drinking and dining establishments on Saturday, March 28 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For only $20 patrons can purchase five tickets redeemable for special offers throughout the neighborhood, Additional tickets are available for $5 each. Tickets will be sold at the Georgetown Bites booth at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM the day of the event.

Gtown Bites

The food and hospitality industry played a pivotal role in Georgetown’s remarkable revitalization over the past decade. Early producer Georgetown Brewing (maker of the popular Manny’s Pale Ale) has been joined by Ellenos Yogurt and Fran’s Chocolates (favored by America’s first couple Barack and Michele Obama and celebrity chef Bobby Flay.) Pioneering dining and nightlife establishments like Jules Maes Saloon, one of the region’s oldest taverns, along with nearby Nine Pound Hammer, Stellar Pizza, and Smarty Pants have attracted a growing array of alluring restaurants, bars, and cafes including Zippy’s Burgers, Via Tribunali, Georgetown Liquor Company, Brass Tacks, Square Knot Diner, All City Coffee, Hallava Falafel, Flying Squirrel, Star Brass Lounge, Hitchcock Deli, and many more.

Georgetown Bites also marks the official groundbreaking for the Festival Street project, creating a pedestrian and arts friendly plaza in the heart of the Georgetown business district with funding from Seattle’s Bridging the Gap program. This attractive amenity will be christened at the 9th annual Georgetown Carnival arts festival on Saturday, June 13.

The public is invited to experience the historic Georgetown neighborhood while sampling some of Seattle’s most creative cuisine.  For a map of participating businesses and related information, visit: www.georgetownbites.com

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Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Patrols Have Begun

The City of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts are underway.  The Seattle Police Department has begun pedestrian safety patrols on Lake City Way NE as part of the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project and Vision Zero. Safety Patrols will occur in the heart of Lake City between roughly NE 120th Street and NE 130th Street. 

Lake City Way NE near NE 127th

Lake City Way NE near NE 127th

Officers will focus on the mid-block crossings just north and south of the intersection of Lake City Way and NE 125th Street. The location was selected based on the number of total collisions that occur in this area which is busy with pedestrian, transit, bicycle and vehicular traffic. SDOT recently enhanced these crossings with rapid flashing beacons through the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project. These beacons provide an increased awareness to drivers that pedestrians are in the crosswalk and that drivers should stop.  

Lake City Way SDOT Cam facing southbound

Lake City Way SDOT Cam facing southbound

Enforcement will also focus on behaviors that are most commonly associated with pedestrian collisions and target people that fail to yield to pedestrians. Officers will be on the look out for other behaviors that commonly lead to trouble on Lake City Way including speeding and distraction.

This effort is part of our ongoing work to enhance safety on Lake City Way. Travelers can expect to see increased law enforcement on Lake City Way today and throughout 2015. We’ve partnered with the Washington State Patrol to help monitor conditions on this busy northeast Seattle corridor. SPD will continue these patrols citywide through our Vision Zero enforcement efforts.

Remember always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. It’s the law and it’s the Lake City Way. 

Thank you for supporting safety.

Vizion Zero

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Enforcement to Protect Pedestrians

Access Seattle is working to keep businesses thriving, travelers moving and construction coordinated during the City’s continued construction boom. Besides getting public and private projects in hub areas to start collaborating, we’re working to ensure contractor compliance across the city. One recent example opened up a pedestrian pathway on Greenwood Avenue North.

Before

Permit inspectors saw unpermitted use of the site, blocking travelers from walking through the area around 14307 Greenwood Avenue N. The team met with the contractor to not only insist on safe pedestrian passage and a smaller project site footprint per established permits, but also to collect several thousand dollars in fines for outstanding issues. Needless to say, the site is now in much better shape.

After

 

Parklet and Streatery Application Deadline Extended to March 30!

Interested in building a parklet or streatery but still need more time to complete your application? You’re in luck! We’re extending the application deadline for application to March 30 to give you more time to generate ideas and get the support of your neighbors.

Parklets and streateries are a great way to provide new open space in your neighborhood and help create more active and vibrant streets.

Montana Bar Parklet, at Howell and Olive Way on Capitol Hill.

Montana Bar Parklet, at Howell and Olive Way on Capitol Hill.

Best of all, applying to the program is easy! All we need for your initial application is:

  • The application form
  • Three letters of support from your community (four for a streatery)
  • A simple site plan showing the ideas for your parklet or streatery
  • A few photos of the proposed location

 

Still unsure if a parklet or streatery is right for your business or organization? Check out the Parklet Handbook and Streatery Supplement which detail what’s involved with both types of projects. These two documents have all the information you’ll need to understand how parklets and streateries are designed, permitted, built, and maintained.

Please keep in mind that all application materials must be emailed to parklets@seattle.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2015. We’re excited to see your fun and creative ideas!

Spring Break Resurfacing in U-District

They plan to work on Brooklyn from Northeast 47th to Northeast 45th streets on Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. if the weather is favorable. The street will be closed intermittently; alternate routes are recommended.

The crews then plan to move to Northeast 41st Street, working from Brooklyn to 11th Avenue Northeast from March 25 to 27 during the same hours, and this work is also dependent on favorable weather. NE 41st will be closed to through traffic.

University District Map

University District Map

 
Please be mindful that on-street parking will be restricted, so any cars left on that block may be towed.  All crosswalks and sidewalks will remain open during work hours.

It’s a sign! Access Seattle is working!

One of many similar signs  now along both sides of 10th Avenue, between E Pike and E Union streets

One of many similar signs now along both sides of 10th Avenue, between E Pike and E Union streets

Access Seattle wants to help navigate you through the City’s construction boom. Coordination is critical, assessing all public and private projects in identified hubs and meeting with contractors to reduce cumulative impacts. Above is a sign (pun intended) that the effort is working–liasing with contractor Mill Creek Residential to produce and pay for signs guiding construction workers to park elsewhere (signs placed along both sides of 10th Avenue between E Pike and E Union streets).

The team meets regularly with contractors to negotiate solutions to problems community members raise–like construction vehicles taking up street parking.

It’s just a sampling of the ongoing work, which includes other signs along 10th Avenue paid for by contractor Exxel Pacific:

One of several similar signs along the west side of 10th Avenue between E Union and E Seneca streets.

One of several similar signs along the west side of 10th Avenue between E Union and E Seneca streets.

Proof that coordination, communication and collaboration work!

 

 

 

Real Time Transit signs coming to Ballard, Wallingford and U-District

SDOT in partnership with King County Metro is installing 11 new Real Time Information Signs (RTIS) at bus stops along the NW Market Street/45th Street corridor through Ballard, Wallingford and the University District. These pole-mounted LED signs will let bus commuters know if their bus is on time or running late.  These new tracking tools will add to SDOT’s similar signs that were installed on the Jackson/Rainier corridor back in 2013.

RTIS Map Final

SDOT’s RTIS signs use up-to-the-minute data to deliver predicted bus arrival/departure times for routes using the stop where the sign is located. Knowing when your next bus is scheduled to arrive may seem like a simple piece of information, but these signs provide a number of other benefits to passengers, such as an increased sense of security that comes with knowing how long you’ll have to wait and whether you have time to run a quick errand or grab a snack. Additionally, real time transit signs have proven to be a cost-effective strategy for increasing transit ridership and transit users’ satisfaction with service, which reflects SDOT’s long-running efforts to improve transit reliability and rider experience.

 

Design visualization of a RTIS. The LED signs will let bus commuters know if their bus is on time or running late.

Design concept of RTIS

RTIS installation will require rebuilding the bus stops where the new signs will be located. Construction activities such as: saw cutting, sidewalk removal, underground electrical work, sidewalk replacement and RTIS installations are expected to begin this week and will continue for about three months, through early to mid-summer. As part of this work, crews will also complete a number of other pedestrian improvements, including new curb ramps and accessible pedestrian push buttons.

 

 

 

 

SDOT appreciates your patience during RTIS installation and hopes to minimize inconvenience; neighbors and travelers should expect:

  • Audible work activities including construction equipment noise and concrete replacement
  • Intermittent lane closures
  • Temporary sidewalk closures and detours
  • Temporary bus stop closures
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers assisting with traffic control
  • Access to businesses and residences maintained

 

If you have questions about installation of the RTIS along the Market/45th corridor, please contact Paul Elliott at paul.elliott@seattle.gov or 206-684-5321.

 

For more information on SDOT’s RTIS program: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/transit_rtis.htm

Contact Jeff Bender at 206-684-8837 or jeff.bender@seattle.gov.