There’s still time to take Madison BRT Survey

The Madison BRT project is an opportunity to provide neighborhoods with a faster, more reliable transit connection to key destinations, enhance walking conditions and the streetscape along Madison, and identify an alternate bike facility to be built as part of the project.
We are seeking input on:

  • BRT design options, routing, terminals, and station locations
  • Priorities for transit service and capital investments
  • Design concepts for a Central Area protected bike lane

Please tell us what you think via an online survey, available through May 24:

Online Survey

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Project Overview:

You may also email the project team at: madisonbrt@seattle.gov.

The Seattle Transit Master Plan (2012) identifies Madison Street between Colman Dock Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle and 23rd Avenue E as a future high-capacity transit bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. The proposed transit investment is based on an evaluation of the Madison Street Corridor’s potential to generate ridership, supported by its land use and demographic characteristics, and a screening of potential transit modes, considering factors, such as passenger carrying capacity and constructability. SDOT and King County Metro are working closely to coordinate planning for the project.

Madison Street BRT service will be fast, reliable and frequent. It will serve densely developed neighborhoods in First Hill, the Central Area, and downtown Seattle, connecting dozens of bus routes, the First Hill Streetcar, and ferry service at the Colman Dock Ferry Terminal.

Madison Street BRT will use new state-of-the-art electric trolley buses (ETBs) that produce zero emissions and are extremely quiet. Surface rail transit is not an option for this corridor due to the steep east-west street grades.

Questions and comments can be directed to Maria Koengeter, Transit Strategic Advisor, at MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9865.

 

Hey All, Did you see Streetcar on Broadway last night?

Yes, that was the New Streetcar you saw out and about last night.

The Streetcar made low speed test runs last night and traveled from the Maintenance Facility Yard and proceeded north on 8th Ave S, and entered the mainline at S Jackson St, then traveled west to the end of the line.  The streetcar then reversed direction and proceeded outbound on the “on-wire” track to the other end of the line, changing to the “off-wire” track and returned to 7th Ave S and S Jackson St, and then returned to the Yard via 8th Avenue S. Please check out these video clips below.

Streetcar on Broadway Avenue

Streetcar on Broadway Avenue

2nd Ave and Marion Street

2nd Avenue and Marion Street

 

The Test Crews completed the tests and will be back out soon. #TheStreetcar

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The First Hill Streetcar is an important link in the regional transit system, and connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown ID and Pioneer Square. For more on the streetcar please visit: www.seattlestreetcar.org.

How Should Seattle Grow? You Tell Us!

Today’s an important milestone in planning the future of Seattle. Why, you ask? Because the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has  released the Seattle 2035 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for review and comment!

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Hold on, don’t leave! Yes, the name is super technical, but the Draft EIS is something you need to pay attention to.

  • Do you care about traffic and wish that it was easier to get around Seattle?
  • Do you ever wonder about where you might live in the future and whether you’ll be able to afford it?
  • With so many new people moving to Seattle, do you want to know where all that growth might go?
  • How can we minimize impacts to low-income people, people of color and English-language learners and ensure that everyone in Seattle benefits from growth?

 

The Draft EIS looks at several different ways that Seattle could grow over the next 20 years and potential impacts and mitigation measures for each.

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Ok, so how can I actually see what’s in the Draft EIS and share my thoughts? Here’s what to do:

  • If you’ve ever thought about any of these things for even a few minutes, then you need to know what’s in the Seattle 2035 Draft EIS.
  • “Seattle’s new Comprehensive Plan will be our blueprint for a more walkable, livable community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Race and social justice must be a foundational value as we update our plan. In the coming years, we need to encourage healthy growth and prosperity for all our diverse communities.”
  • From now until June 18, you can check out the Draft EIS and provide your comments.

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  1. Don’t have hours to spend reading a Draft EIS? Click here to check out our online open house and take the survey.
  2. Have questions you want to ask us? Attend our Draft EIS Open House and Public Hearing on May 27 and chat with us in-person
  3. More of a policy wonk? You can view the full Draft EIS here

 

And here’s how to submit a comment…

  • Email: Send comments to 2035@seattle.gov
  • By mail: Send comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Gordon Clowers, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124.
  • In Person: Attend our open House and public Hearing on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall and provide a comment in person.

 

All surveys and written comments must be submitted by June 18, 2015. Written comments will be addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which is scheduled to be released in fall 2015, and which will inform future goals, policies and guide how Seattle grows over the next 20 years.

Seattle 2035 is a yearlong, citywide conversation about change – where we’ve been, where we are now, and where want to go over the next 20 years. Connect with Seattle 2035 so you can help shape the future of Seattle.

 

Mayor, City Announce Revised Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

On March 2, 2015, Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, a vision for transportation in our city for the next 10 years. Move Seattle connects and integrates existing plans for walking, biking, transit, and freight into a holistic 10-year strategy that will help the city meet present demands while also looking ahead to the future as we continue to grow

For the past year, the Mayor and SDOT have worked together to prepare a draft transportation levy proposal to replace the current transportation levy, called Bridging the Gap (BTG), that expires at the end of 2015. Approved by voters in 2006, BTG has helped address our maintenance backlog, increase transit reliability, and improve safety.

Mayor Murray announces the Levy to Move Seattle.

Mayor Murray announces the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle.

On March 18, Mayor Murray and SDOT unveiled the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle and began a citywide conversation about our next major investment in transportation.

The proposed 9-year, $900 million draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal aimed to:

  • Take care of the basics by paving streets, retrofitting bridges, and improving road safety
  • Invest in our transportation system to keep pace with our growing city
  • Improve safety and mobility for all travelers – people walking, biking, driving cars, moving goods, and taking transit
  • Contribute to an integrated and connected system that is easy-to-use, affordable, and convenient

Improvements proposed in the draft levy were organized around Mayor Murray’s vision for Seattle: a city that is safe, affordable, interconnected, and vibrant.

It was the City’s goal that this levy reflect the needs of our communities and improve the day-to-day realities of getting around a growing Seattle. To accomplish this, from mid- March through April 2015, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office engaged in a citywide outreach effort to better understand the public’s transportation priorities and receive feedback on the draft levy proposal.


The draft levy proposal was revised in early May to reflect community priorities communicated during the public engagement process.

Mayor Murray and SDOT released the revised levy proposal on May 6, 2015.

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows), Community supporters, SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage

Mayor Murray presents revised proposal (upper left; clockwise as follows); Community supporters; SDOT Director Scott Kubly with Kelly Aramaki, Seattle Public Schools; Rebecca Saldana, Puget Sound Sage with Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Mike O’Brien.

 

Reflecting Community Priorities

During the public engagement process, we heard that the people of Seattle view safety, particularly for people on foot and on bicycle, as a top priority. We also heard support for greater investments in transit reliability and access, improved connections to light rail, and making it safer and more comfortable for people to walk throughout Seattle. We have revised the proposal to reflect these community priorities.

The revised levy proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to City Council responds to community feedback by increasing funds for neighborhood priority projects, transit investments, and pedestrian safety and mobility. It would fund $930 million in investments over nine years – $30 million more than the draft proposal released in March. The additional funding would come from levy revenue growth caused by growth in Seattle property value and number of households. The final levy’s cost to taxpayers ($275 annually for the owner of a median value home) would remain the same as proposed earlier.

Once the levy legislation is submitted to City Council, SDOT and the Mayor’s Office will coordinate closely with Councilmembers as they review it and will continue to encourage community feedback on the proposal.

Learn more about the levy and share your feedback with us. There are many ways you can get involved in the discussion.

Questions? Contact Allison Schwartz, Levy Outreach Lead, at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654

 

First Hill Streetcar Testing Moving Along

A milestone for the First Hill Streetcar as it took to the streets under battery power for the first time during tests last week. Crews conducted on-street testing from the Streetcar Maintenance Facility north along 8th Avenue South from South Dearborn to South King Street.

Here is a brief video of the Testing.

First Hill Streetcar leaving facility under battery power.

First Hill Streetcar leaving facility under battery power.

The testing of off-wire operation by the streetcar is powered by the rechargeable battery system, known as the On-Board Energy Storage System (OESS). When operating on the First Hill Streetcar line, the streetcars will be powered by the OESS on each inbound trip from Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square (2.5 miles). The batteries will be recharging whenever the streetcar is braking, and will also recharge on the outbound trip from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill, while being powered from the overhead wires (known as the Overhead Contact System, or OCS).

Streetcar traveling on 8th Avenue South to South King Street.

Streetcar traveling on 8th Avenue South to South King Street.

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The First Hill Streetcar is an important link in the regional transit system, and connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown ID and Pioneer Square. For more on the streetcar please visit: www.seattlestreetcar.org.

 

Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Design Options Open House Wed. 5/6 @ 5-7pm

Please join Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Design Options Open House on Wednesday, May 6, 5 – 7 PM. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School Jaffe Room at 1432 15th Avenue (Enter off of 15th Avenue, south of Pike Street)

The Madison BRT project is an opportunity to provide neighborhoods with a faster, more reliable transit connection to key destinations, enhance walking conditions and the streetscape along Madison, and identify an alternate bike facility to be built as part of the project.

Please join your neighbors to review design options, discuss benefits and trade-offs, and provide your input on priority elements for the project.  SDOT would like your input on:

  • BRT design options, routing, terminals, and station locations
  • Priorities for transit service and capital investments
  • Design concepts for a Central Area protected bike lane

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Metro bus service provides close connections to the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School via Routes 10 and 11 (Pine and 15th Ave), Route 2 (Union and 14th /16th ), and Route 12 (Madison and 15th Ave stop).  For bicyclists, the closest bike parking is on the west side of the Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison, just north of the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Middle School.

You can learn more about the project at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/madisonBRT.htm. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Sara Walton at madisonbrt@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4645

Chat with SDOT Director Scott Kubly to learn more and share your feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for morning coffee and informal conversation in South Park or online Monday evening:

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Scott Kubly

  • Via Vadi Caffèe, 8600 14th Ave. S  Monday, 4/20, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Online Meeting from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please Register at

 

 

 

 

Here is a Calendar of Upcoming Events (calendar will continue to be updated):

  • 4/19/15 – West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM at California Ave SW & SW Alaska
  • 4/20/15 – Online Open House 6 – 6:45 PM – Register online, see above.
  • 4/20/15 – Coffee with Scott Kubly 8 – 9 AM at Via Vadi Caffee, 8600 14th Avenue S
  • 4/21/15 – Seattle Freight Advisory Board 9:30 – 11:30 AM at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue Rm. L-280
  • 4/22/15 – Greater Duwamish District Council 6:30 PM at Georgetown City Hall, 6202 13th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Southeast District Council 6:30 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/22/15 – Northwest District Council 7 PM at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St
  • 4/23/15 – Coffee with Scott Kubly 1 – 2 PM at Milstead & Co Coffee, 770 N 34th St
  • 4/23/15 – Drop-in session 5 – 7 PM at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S
  • 4/25/15 – U District Farmers Market 9 AM – 2 PM at University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
  • 4/26/15 – Fremont Sunday Market 10 AM – 5 PM at Corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North
  • 4/26/15 – Broadway Farmers Market 11 AM – 3 PM at Broadway Ave E and E Pine St
  • 4/26/15 – Ballard Farmers Market 10 AM – 3 PM at 5345 Ballard Ave NW
  • 4/26/15 – West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM at California Ave SW & SW Alaska
  • 5/6/15 – Columbia City Farmers Market  3 – 7 PM at 37th Ave S and S Edmunds St

 

Mayor Murray announced a proposal last month for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.

Mayor Murray announces Levy to Move Seattle

Mayor Murray announces Levy to Move Seattle

Since introducing the levy proposal, we’ve hosted three open houses in different parts of the city, and presented to numerous community and business organizations, as well as city advisory boards and commissions. We’ll continue these community briefings, and throughout April, will be hosting an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback.

 

 

 

Share your input: Take this short survey to tell us what you think of the proposal and share your transportation priorities: www.moveseattlesurvey.com

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/LevytoMoveSeattle.htm

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Reminder for tonight’s “Where are We Going”? forum at 6 p.m. featuring Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City.

 

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Janette Sadik-Khan

Transportation remains one of the most important civic issues in the Puget sound, and this lecture will explore potential future transportation options for the Seattle area. Drawing on her expertise as  will describe potential challenges to changing our city’s infrastructure, and offer a glimpse at what the future of regional transportation could hold. This discussion, moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, will also offer Sadik-Khan’s analysis of opportunities for improvement in transportation planning.

April 15 at 6 p.m. “Changing Lanes:  Blueprints for a New Road Order”

  • Guest Speaker: Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg
  • Moderator:  Ross Reynolds, KUOW Public Radio
  • Great Hall at Town Hall – 1119 Eigth Avenue

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The Where are we Going? speaker series will generate excitement and conversation around potential futures for transportation in Seattle. From March to June, four national and international speakers will visit Seattle and will use demographic trends, lessons learned from other cities, and advances in technology to educate the general public and media on unique challenges and opportunities of planning for transportation. This series will provide an opportunity for civic-minded and engaged individuals to learn new ways of thought in transportation, while also attracting new voices to the conversation.

For more information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/SpeakerSeries/default.htm

Sponsors: Seattle Department of Transportation, Office of Arts & Culture, KUOW

What do you think about the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle?

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee in the coming weeks to learn more and share your feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. Lots of other opportunities to engage, as well.

Last month, Mayor Murray announced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.

Since introducing the levy proposal, we’ve hosted three open houses in different parts of the city, and presented to numerous community and business organizations, as well as city advisory boards and commissions. We’ll continue these community briefings, and throughout April, will be hosting an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback.

 

Here are ways to participate:

  1. Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: www.moveseattlesurvey.com
  2. Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.
  3. Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation at one of these local coffee shops:
  • Central District: Starbucks 2300 South Jackson on Monday, April 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Chinatown/International District: Eastern Café 510 Maynard Ave S on Tuesday, April 14, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Lake City: Kaffeeklatsch Seattle 12513 Lake City Way NE on Friday, April 17, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Fremont: Milstead & Co Coffee 770 N 34th St on Thursday, April 23, 1 to 2 p.m.

 

Also, be on the lookout for city staff providing information and seeking feedback around the city at farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.

 

What’s next?

Mayor Murray will send his final proposal to the City Council in early May, and the Council will discuss the proposal and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.

Your feedback now will help shape the Mayor’s final proposal. We encourage you to get involved – take the survey, join us for coffee, sign up for email updates, and learn more at www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle.

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If you have questions or feedback on the levy proposal, please contact SDOT’s Levy Outreach Lead Allison Schwartz at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654.

April 15 at 6 p.m.“Changing Lanes: Blueprints for a New Road Order” featuring Transportation Expert Janette Sadik-Khan

The second of four Transportation Forums features Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City.

Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan

Transportation remains one of the most important civic issues in the Puget sound, and this lecture will explore potential future transportation options for the Seattle area. Drawing on her expertise as  will describe potential challenges to changing our city’s infrastructure, and offer a glimpse at what the future of regional transportation could hold. This discussion, moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, will also offer Sadik-Khan’s analysis of opportunities for improvement in transportation planning.

April 15 at 6 p.m. “Changing Lanes:  Blueprints for a New Road Order”

  • Guest Speaker: Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg
  • Moderator:  Ross Reynolds, KUOW Public Radio
  • Great Hall at Town Hall – 1119 Eigth Avenue

 

Please register for this free event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-lanes-blueprints-for-a-new-road-order-with-janette-sadik-khan-tickets-16006792748

Speaker-Series-Banner

 

The Where are we Going? speaker series will generate excitement and conversation around potential futures for transportation in Seattle. From March to June, four national and international speakers will visit Seattle and will use demographic trends, lessons learned from other cities, and advances in technology to educate the general public and media on unique challenges and opportunities of planning for transportation. This series will provide an opportunity for civic-minded and engaged individuals to learn new ways of thought in transportation, while also attracting new voices to the conversation.

For more information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/SpeakerSeries/default.htm

Sponsors: Seattle Department of Transportation, Office of Arts & Culture, KUOW