Happy New Year and Safe Travels!

On behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation, we wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year holiday wherever your travels take you.

In the new year, SDOT will continue its focus on creating a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all.

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On-street paid parking is free in Seattle on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 2 (observed).

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Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

On behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation, we wish everyone Happy Holidays wherever your travels take you.

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City offices are closed Monday, December 26 for the holiday. On-street parking is free in Seattle on Monday, Christmas Day (Observed), December 26.

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A Little Help From Our Friends

Winter weather is on everyone’s mind as we prepare for possible snow and freezing temperatures in Seattle. At SDOT, we’re focused on getting everyone information on what to expect on the roads and how to commute safely, but that means more than just tweets with “Winter is Coming” GIFs (although we have plenty of those too.)

As Seattle grows and diversifies so too has our outreach, and our Winter Weather Brochure is available in 10 different languages to reflect our booming immigrant and refugee populations. But, when it comes to distributing these materials to immigrant populations who need them, we needed a little help from our friends at Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).

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The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs works directly with families to find jobs, access government resources, and achieve citizenship, so they were the perfect partner to help us with winter weather outreach to our city’s diverse immigrant communities.

Although there is uncertainty over future changes in federal immigration policies, this winter Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an Executive Order reaffirming Seattle as a Welcoming City. This means departments throughout our city will focus on inclusion and remaining accessible to all residents, and OIRA is leading the charge.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs executive order affirming Seattle's Welcoming City policies 11/24.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs executive order affirming Seattle’s Welcoming City policies 11/24.

We will continue to provide the most up to date information on winter impacts to your commute (take a look at our live map), and thanks to help from OIRA we can ensure that information reaches all Seattle residents, regardless of citizenship status.

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How Clearer Cameras Help Clear Streets

Constant innovation is central to our mission of building a more connected city, and SDOT’s Transportation Operations Center (TOC) is always looking for new ways technology can help. We use Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices to monitor traffic throughout the city, and then share information on incidents with the public through dynamic message signs (DMS), Twitter, and the Travelers Information Map (where you can see a live feed from cameras).

Over 40 traffic cameras, a key tool for confirming incidents, received a major upgrade in 2016 to give our TOC clearer video feeds and make identifying and reporting incidents easier. This improvement also helps first responders who monitor the feeds see what’s going on, plan ahead, and provide assistance more efficiently.

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To better share this information with the public, we’ve also installed 6 additional dynamic message signs throughout the city to let motorists know of any ongoing issues and plan ahead.

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At SDOT, we use the latest technological innovations to improve our ability to monitor, respond to, and share information about traffic incidents throughout Seattle. Our Intelligent Transportation Systems play a key role in creating a safe, efficient, innovative transportation system that works for all travelers, and we’ll be continuing to develop and upgrade systems next year in 2017. When people know what’s going on in real-time, they can make more informed travel choices.

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Happy Thanksgiving from SDOT!

Happy Thanksgiving from SDOT!

City Offices are Closed November 24 and 25 in observance of the holiday.

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Please enjoy the holidays wherever they take you.

On-street parking is free in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.

Please remember that normal pay for street parking remains in effect on Friday, November 25, so make sure you observe time limits and other posted regulations as you would on any other Friday.

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New Restricted Parking Zone and a Change in Hours for Capitol Hill

SDOT has considered input and is creating a new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) on Capitol Hill which will be identified as RPZ  32. SDOT is also issuing a change in the hours of RPZ 15. The map below highlights the areas where parking restrictions are changing.

New RPZ: Zone 32 

Zone 32 signs will be installed on the green blocks in mid-2017. Residents in the gray area will receive a letter with instructions for obtaining a Zone 32 permit. The pink blocks will move from Zone 15 to Zone 32. Residents on these blocks will receive further communication about this change.

  • All residents within the gray area will be eligible for Zone 32 permits and guest permits
  • Permits are currently $65 per vehicle for a two-year cycle (discounted permits are available for income eligible households)
  • Zone 32 signs will limit parking for vehicles without Zone 32 permits to 2 hours Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Zone 32 signs will not be installed adjacent to commercial properties or ground floor retail

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Zone 15

In response to resident feedback, SDOT will leave the 4-hour restriction in place in Zone 15, as opposed to the proposed 2-hour restriction. New Zone 15 signs will be installed on the purple blocks and orange blocks in Spring 2017. The new hours will go into effect at that time, limiting parking for vehicles without Zone 15 permits to 4 hours, Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. If you live on one of the new Zone 15 blocks identified in purple, you will receive a letter with instructions for obtaining a Zone 15 permit before any signs are installed.

Background

SDOT and Sound Transit have been working together to manage on-street parking around the new Capitol Hill light rail station to prevent commuter parking. In July 2016, SDOT shared a plan for a new RPZ in the presently unrestricted area north of E Olive Way/E John St and west of Broadway. SDOT also proposed a change in Zone 15 hours to prevent commuter parking. Comments on the proposed plan were collected in July and September of 2016. Click here to see the mailer sent to residents.

SDOT does not change rates to generate new revenue. Per City policy, SDOT monitors parking conditions in and around all paid parking areas adjusts parking rates (up or down), and paid parking area boundaries and hours to achieve a target of keeping one or two parking spaces available on each block face at all times.

Questions?

Contact capitolhillparking@seattle.gov or Ruth Harper at (206) 684 – 4103. Visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/parkingrpz.htm to see general RPZ program information.

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Remembering Those We’ve Lost

This week, Seattle is observing World Remembrance Day and commemorating the 240 people who died in traffic incidents over the past 10 years. On Thursday, families who have lost loved ones, city employees, and first responders gathered at City Hall at an event organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for a public memorial with silhouette cut-outs to represent those we’ve lost.

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SDOT Traffic Safety Coordinator Jim Curtin speaking at City Hall memorial 11/17

This Sunday, November 20, local Greenways coalition member groups will hold events throughout the city to install the silhouettes as a public reminder, and come together as a community to commit to doing better:

  • Ballard/Aurora/Fremont noon Peddler Brewing Company 1514 NW Leary Way
  • Beacon Hill/Mt. Baker 10AM The Station 2533 16th Ave S
  • Central/Capitol Hill noon Victrola Coffee Roasters 310 E. Pike St.
  • Crown Hill/Broadview noon Holy Grounds 9000 Holman Way NW
  • Downtown/Belltown 10AM Uptown Espresso 2504 4th Ave
  • Lake City/Northgate 10AM Kaffeeklatsch 12513 Lake City Way NE
  • Queen Anne/Magnolia 10AM Starbucks 2135 Queen Anne Ave N
  • Ravenna/Roosevelt 10AM Third Place Cafe 6504 20th Ave NE
  • West Seattle 10AM Ampersand Café 2536 Alki Ave SW
  • Rainier Valley 10:15AM Bike Works 3711 S Hudson St. (back entrance to warehouse)
  • Duwamish Valley noon Oxbow Park (Hat & Boots) 6430 Corson Ave S

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As a city, we’ve committed to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 through our Vision Zero initiative. These tragedies mostly aren’t “accidents,” but preventable incidents caused by poor behaviors and unforgiving roadway designs.

Earlier this month, we instituted lower speed limits – arterials in central Seattle were reduced from 30mph to 25, residential streets throughout the city from 25mph to 20 – an adjustment proven to increase crash survival rates. And over the last year, we’ve made significant investments in our Safe Routes to School program to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike. These efforts were funded through the 2015 voter approved Levy to Move Seattle, which has supported safety and infrastructure improvements throughout the city.

By working with community groups, health-care professionals, university researchers, and local corporate partners, we can eliminate death and serious injuries on our streets.

 

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The New 2016-2017 Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Maps are here!

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SDOT’s annual Winter Weather brochure has a large map of Seattle’s snow and ice routes, lists important telephone numbers and web sites to use during winter storms, and offers preparedness tips. Here’s a link to our Winter Weather page that has useful information about what to expect when it snows.

During major winter storms, plan your trip by seeing where the snow plows have been and viewing traffic cameras by clicking on the link below:
Winter Weather Response Map

The brochures will be free at Seattle Public Library branches and Neighborhood Service Centers.

This year we will again distribute the brochure to elementary schools in the Seattle public school district for children to take home to their parents.

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Download only the map in English

Download the full brochure in:

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SDOT Mobility Innovations First Forum on Mobility Hubs

SDOT hosted the first Mobility Innovations Forum Monday, the topic Mobility Hubs.

We’re hosting a speaker series on mobility innovations, running through mid-2017 (see below)

The City of Seattle is partnering with transit agencies and private mobility services to develop a network of shared mobility hubs throughout the city, providing better mobility and integrated transportation choices for all. Topics will include mobility hubs, smart mobility strategies for high growth in Seattle, preparing for autonomous vehicles, and making shared transportation equitable.

Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation; Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of Los Angeles DOT; David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter; Sharon Feigon, Executive Director at the Shared Use Mobility Center, discussed their thoughts on mobility hubs as Ross Reynolds from KUOW, moderated the conversation.

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Scott Kubly, SDOT Dir; Speakers: Seleta Reynolds; David Bragdon; Sharon Feigon; Ross Reynolds KUOW.

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Scott Kubly , SDOT Dir. addresses attendees alongside featured guests.

Here’s a definition of what Mobility Hubs are:

Mobility hubs provide an integrated suite of transportation services, supporting amenities, and urban design enhancements that reduce the need for single occupant vehicle trips by increasing first mile/last mile access to high-frequency transit stations. Mobility hubs are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation such as walking, biking, ride-sharing, and public transit, cometogether seamlessly at concentrations of employment, housing, shopping, and/ or recreation.

Hub features can include: bikeshare, car share, neighborhood electric vehicles, bike parking, dynamic parking management strategies, real-time traveler information, real-time ride-sharing, demand-based shuttle, bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements, wayfinding, urban design enhancements, and supporting systems like mobile applications, electric vehicle charging, smart intersections, and a universal payment system to make it easy to access a wide range of travel options.

Please join us at the upcoming forums. More details will be posted, we appreciate your participation in the months ahead.

The preliminary schedule for future topics is:

  • January: Smart mobility strategies for high growth Seattle
  • March: Preparing for connected and autonomous vehicles
  • May: Making shared mobility equitable
  • June or July: Rethinking mobility as a service

Questions, please contact Evan Corey: evan.corey@seattle.gov.

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SDOT Mobility Innovations Forum Monday, November 14 at 6 p.m.

SDOT is hosting a speaker series on mobility innovations, running through mid-2017. 

Please join us at the first event on Monday, November 14. The City of Seattle is partnering with transit agencies and private mobility services to develop a network of shared mobility hubs throughout the city, providing better mobility and integrated transportation choices for all. Topics will include mobility hubs, smart mobility strategies for high growth in Seattle, preparing for autonomous vehicles, and making shared transportation equitable.

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Topic: Mobility Hubs
When: November 14, 6:00 PM
Where: Seattle Art Museum (Pletscheeff Auditorium) 1300 1st Ave
Free with RSVP: https://sdot-mobilityinnovations.eventbrite.com

Speakers include:

  • Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of Los Angeles DOT
  • David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter
  • Sharon Feigon, Executive Director at the Shared Use Mobility Center
  • Ross Reynolds from KUOW will moderate the conversation.

The preliminary schedule for future topics is:

  • January: Smart mobility strategies for high growth Seattle
  • March: Preparing for connected and autonomous vehicles
  • May: Making shared mobility equitable
  • June or July: Rethinking mobility as a service

Learn about this effort, similar efforts throughout North America, and how mobility hubs can transform the travel experience in the future.

Questions, please contact Evan Corey: evan.corey@seattle.gov.

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