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Building a City that Responds to All Citizens

  In 2007, the city established a Translation and Interpretation Policy as part of its Immigrant and Refugee Initiative with the goal to promote fair and equitable access to city services for individuals with limited English proficiency. Since that time, the initiative has been adopted by all the departments of… [ Keep reading ]

Happy New Year!

  We’re looking forward to our first full year of transportation blogging in 2010.  Stay tuned!

SDOT reminds New Year’s Eve party-goers to designate a sober driver

The holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year for alcohol-related crashes. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) estimates that “each year nationally, more than 1,000 people typically die during Thanksgiving to New Year’s in drunk driving crashes” (MADD, 2006). Because of increased consumption of alcohol and an… [ Keep reading ]

Got Streetcar Feedback?

If you were unable to attend one of the First Hill Streetcar open houses earlier this month, you can still provide feedback online. Our Seattle Streetcar website has information on the various alignments, the history of the project, and a place for you to tell us what you think. Click… [ Keep reading ]

Final Parking Plan for West Seattle Junction

The Community Parking Program (CPP) has studied parking in the West Seattle Junction (WSJ) this year and a final parking plan has been developed and mailed to community members. After studying how parking was being used and how well drivers complied with posted signage, the need for more short-term on-street… [ Keep reading ]

Art Meets the Street

For the past several weeks we’ve been profiling the SDOT Art Plan, jointly developed in 2005 with the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and written by Daniel Mihalyo.  Below are examples of two great ways to incorporate art into everyday objects in the public right-of-way.  Seen any examples of everyday… [ Keep reading ]

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from SDOT!  Remember to be safe as you head out to all those post-holiday sales!

SDOT Wins the Fuel Duel!

SDOT often encourages motorists to consider their transportation choices in order to reduce their carbon footprint.  Well, in an effort to “walk the talk,” SDOT and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department were in a “fuel duel” over the past four months to see which department could save the most fuel during the… [ Keep reading ]

Where Does all the Gunk Go?

Now that the rainy season is upon us, have you noticed those automobile oil slicks snaking their way toward the drains on our streets? Some people have and they’ve expressed concern that all that pollution is dumping into Puget Sound. The good news is SDOT implements several different strategies to… [ Keep reading ]

Art Meets the Street

Last week, we wrote about Chapter One of the SDOT Art Plan, jointly developed in 2005 with the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and written by Daniel Mihalyo. Chapter Two of the Art Plan is a nuts and bolts “toolkit” developed for SDOT project managers. The toolkit helps… [ Keep reading ]