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.
This afternoon, the City Council had its first discussion of the near-final Pedestrian Master Plan in the Sustainability and Transportation Committee.
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.
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.
This afternoon, SDOT gave an update to the Council on the Seattle Streetcar failure earlier this month, the repair effort, 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.
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.