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:

Scott Kubly

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.

 

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

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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

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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

Seattle Downtown Traffic Signal Re-Timing Project

Do you feel you need to wait too long or that you stop too often for traffic signals in downtown Seattle? If so, you might be interested in this on-going Seattle downtown traffic signal re-timing project.

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2nd Avenue

Seattle’s signal lights were timed around 10 years ago, but rapid growth, significant construction activity, fast growing employment, increased biking and walking activity, and special events have caused new bottlenecks that can result in abrupt traffic backups throughout the city.

Second Avenue at University Street

2nd Avenue at University Street

Seattle Department of Transportation is studying overall metropolitan traffic patterns to determine the most efficient way to optimize 300 signals in the Central Business District. Traffic signal retiming is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce delays for people driving, biking, and taking transit, thereby making our downtown streets safer and more efficient. Comprehensive signal retiming programs have documented benefits of 7 to 13 percent reduction in overall travel time, 15 to 37 percent reduction in delay and 6 to 9 percent fuel savings (Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2009).

The purpose of this project is to develop and introduce enhanced signal timing models that respond to real-time traffic volume fluctuations, incidents, special events and traffic condition on freeways. A unique element of this project is the inclusion of a system that will change signal timing patterns in response to current travel time data. This will improve travel times, freeway access, transit speed and reliability.

Downtown Traffic Retiming Map

Downtown Traffic Retiming Map

SDOT plans to implement and fine-tune the new signal timings at the end of 2015 and expects drivers to see an improvement in travel times through downtown at the beginning of 2016.

Streetcar Testing Media Tour – Video Clip

SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Mayor Murray, and Sound Transit hosted a media tour of the new streetcar maintenance facility marking the start of testing of the First Hill Streetcar and showcasing its first car and everything is moving along.

Check out this brief video clip:

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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We look forward to “Future of Transportation in Cities” featuring Gabe Klein tonight and hope you’re joining

We look forward to hearing from Gabe Klein tonight at the first of the Transportation Speaker series. Cathy Duchamp from KUOW will be moderating at the Seattle Central Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  See you all there.

Gabe Klein

Gabe Klein

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What is the future of transportation in Seattle? What can Seattle learn from other cities?

We’re bringing the expertise of four national and international leaders who transformed cities through transportation to help Seattle see our streets and sidewalks in a new light. Join these leaders of New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and Bogotá as they challenge us to develop a transportation system than can meet current demands while also looking ahead to future needs.

In four nights from March to June, come hear about the effects of new technology, demographic changes, quick project delivery, and emerging public space needs on transportation, as well as the impact transportation can have on Seattleites’ health, prosperity and happiness. Together, let’s find the answer to “Where are we Going?”

Wednesday, March 25 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Future of Transportation in Cities”

  • Gabe Klein – Urban Land Institute, fmr. Transportation Commissioner, Washington DC and Chicago
  • Moderator: Cathy Duchamp, KUOW
  • Seattle Central Library 1000 Fourth Avenue

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

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