While everyone was watching the Council try to decide whether to impost a head tax, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made its own news today by ruling against the city in a case regarding its ordinance granting Uber and Lyft drivers the right to collective bargaining. But buried in the ruling is a legal precedent with potentially far greater impact
As promised, here’s an update on what more I’ve learned about the finances of the Center City Connector streetcar project.
This morning, the Council voted out of committee a resolution establishing its “work plan” for revising regulations on taxi, for-hire, and TNC (e.g. Uber and Lyft) services.
If you think the Center City Connector streetcar project got put on hold because it’s overbudget, then you misunderstood what just happened. It’s on hold because the city doesn’t know how much it will cost, either to build it or to run it. It also doesn’t seem to be sure how much funding there is for it.
The problem here isn’t that the streetcar is a bad idea (though some people certainly believe that). The problem is that SDOT is a mess and incapable of managing the project.
This morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee held its sixth discussion of a bill to update the city’s code for off-street and bicycle parking, and it finally rolled up its sleeves and got to work: after passing several amendments, it voted to move the bill out of committee and on to the full Council for final approval.
Today the Seattle Office of the Hearing Examiner released its decision on the latest appeal of the city’s attempt to complete the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard. The examiner affirmed the validity of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which clears the project to go forward unless it is appealed further up the line.
Yesterday afternoon Council President Bruce Harrell let it be known that he intends to look at a series of issues related to taxis, for-hire drivers, and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft. His intention would be to bring forward legislation in the first quarter of 2018.