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.
Continue reading How much will the Center City Connector streetcar cost?
This afternoon, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that she has halted all but one of the ongoing projects associated with the Center City Connector streetcar, pending an independent review.
Continue reading Durkan hits the brakes on Center City Streetcar 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.
Continue reading Council has a new plan for funding switch to 2-tier school schedule
This afternoon, the City Council had its first discussion of the near-final Pedestrian Master Plan in the Sustainability and Transportation Committee.
Continue reading Council gets first look at near-final Pedestrian Master Plan
Potholes. They’re everywhere in Seattle this spring. That’s due in large part to the severe winter we had, with lots of rain followed by subfreezing weather. All that water seeps into the roads and then expands as it freezes, cracking the asphalt (or expanding existing cracks). In places with more severe winters this generates “frost heaving.” Here in Seattle, it generates lots of lots of potholes. But now that spring is (apparently) here, SDOT has a plan.
Continue reading Potholes!
2016 was not a good year for implementation of the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. But SDOT learned some lessons and is working hard to catch up and learn from what went wrong. Last week they laid it all out for the City Council.
Continue reading SDOT rebooting the Bicycle Master Plan implementation plan
This afternoon, SDOT gave an update to the Council on the Seattle Streetcar failure earlier this month, the repair effort, and next steps.
Continue reading SDOT reports on the First Hill Streetcar failure and next steps
This afternoon, representatives from SDOT briefed the Council on issues related to last week’s big transportation breakdowns: the overturned propane truck on I-5 on Monday, and the First Hill streetcar that failed on Wednesday.
Continue reading SDOT explains last week’s transportation fiascos
On Wednesday the Council got a briefing on a project that’s been brewing for almost fifteen years: filling in the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard.
Continue reading Burke-Gilman Trail “Missing Link” one step closer to getting built
It’s looking increasingly like Seattle will greet the new year with a major cold snap, with highs around freezing and dropping to the low 20’s overnight. But the long-term outlook suggests we might see more of the same before spring arrives.
Before the Council began its holiday recess, it received a briefing from several city departments on their preparations for winter weather as well as the outreach and messages to the city’s residents.
At the end of this post is a list of the best ways to get information and report problems during a severe weather event, as well as information on how you can prepare in advance.
Continue reading Seattle’s Winter Weather Preparedness, and What You Should Do