This afternoon, SDOT gave the City Council an update on the city’s “Vision Zero” initiative to achieve zero annual traffic fatalities. The bad news is that there has been little progress in the last several years. The good news is that SDOT has some new ideas for how to change that.
This afternoon, the City Council unanimously voted to confirm Sam Zimbabwe as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
This morning, the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee voted to advance out of committee the confirmation of Sam Zimbabwe as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Earlier today, state legislators introduced a bill that would allow the City of Seattle to expand the use of cameras to enforce traffic laws, a priority for the city as it works to keep traffic on its downtown streets flowing.
This afternoon, Mayor Jenny Durkan nominated Sam Zimbabwe to be the new Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Today Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that she has submitted nominations to the City Council to make permanent three of her interim department head appointments: Sue McNab at the Department of Human Resources, Calvin Goings at the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, and Andrés Mantilla at the Department of Neighborhoods. Durkan also announced that Linea Laird would take over for Goran Sparrman as interim Director of the Department of Transportation while the search process for a permanent SDOT director finishes up.
The city is hoping that it can make paying for street parking faster, easier, and more convenient.
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 afternoon the Council avoided a showdown on a controversial proposal to use Families and Education Levy surplus funds to pay for the Seattle Public Schools’ switch to a two-tier schedule.