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March 7, 11:39 AM click here to comment > 6

City releases 2012 Transportation Action Agenda

Today the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released its 2012 Action Agenda, laying out for the next two years a clear set of transportation policies, actions and measures of success.

SDOT Director Peter Hahn speaks about the Action Agenda

Focused on actions that yield the biggest returns for Seattle, it is organized around five guiding principles:

  • Keeping it Safe — using engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation to improve safety for all, and reduce fatalities and injuries
  • Focusing on the Basics — maintaining, protecting, preserving and enhancing our capital assets
  • Building Healthy Communities — supporting sustainability, livability and equitable growth
  • Supporting a Thriving Economy — keeping people and goods moving, and creating great places that attract businesses
  • Providing Great Service — helping people access transportation services and information

“SDOT’s Action Agenda puts the spotlight on the basics—maintaining what we have—and plans for the future so we can keep people and goods moving,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Successful stewardship requires thoughtful, deliberate, and strategic action. That is what the Action Agenda does in addressing everything from filling potholes to building the new First Hill Streetcar line.”

Developed through careful planning across the department, SDOT’s Action Agenda was crafted using a large amount of public input from the 2011 Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee and Road Safety Summit efforts.

“SDOT manages a $13 billion transportation system with many moving parts,” said Peter Hahn, SDOT Director. “This two-year plan not only makes it clear to the public what our priorities are, it also provides our staff a needed roadmap to direct their work.”

The Action Agenda guides a significant range of transportation related work. SDOT seeks to keep all travelers moving smoothly and safely through signal optimization, Traffic Management Center operations, transit priority systems, implementation of the Bike and Pedestrian Master plans, and on-street parking management. The department also oversees a number of large capital projects such as the Elliott Bay Seawall, the First Hill Streetcar, the Mercer Corridor projects and the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening. SDOT operates and maintains over 150 bridges throughout Seattle, including four movable bridges, while also supervising the city’s right of way through permits, inspections and plan reviews.

Its crews fill potholes, restripe roads, clean streets, install and replace street signs, and help maintain movement during winter storms. Layered over all this work are safety and educational programs like the Center City Pedestrian Holiday Safety Campaign and programs that encourage people to take more trips by walking, biking and taking transit.

The Action Agenda also contains information on SDOT’s budget and provides a snapshot of 2011 accomplishments. You can read the entire plan online at

Seattle Dept of Transportation Action Agenda 2012

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Comment from Aaron Goss
Time March 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I wold like to see re-painting sharrows and bike lanes made a priority. Every winter after it snows, the chains destroy the sharrows and bike lanes! Also, when re-paving is done sometimes the sharrows are not put back. Example: California Ave SW

Comment from Susan Burnett
Time March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

Two concerns: 1. The view of 29th Ave NE’s intersection with NE 55th St. is tremendously obstructed by large vehicles parked close to the north side street ends. Cars come barreling down NE 55th and there is almost no visibility in either direction. One must pull out quite far in order to see close traffic headed either west or east.
2. Get people to stop for children in cross walks going and coming from schools.

Comment from Papyrifera
Time March 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

I’ve not complained in the past about potholes since there are so many priority projects and apparently funding dollars aren’t enough to go around. However, I have now replaced (not repaired) 2 tires in the last 6 months as an immediate result of pothole damage. Dodging potholes is now competing with safe driving. I hope this issue gets a higher priority this year.

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Comment from Judith Hance
Time March 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Ravenna Ave. between Green Lake and 65th St. NE needs a total redo. All the paint is gone and the surface is terrible for cars and dangerous for bikes that are supposed to have a lane. It’s been this way for a LONG time.

Comment from Judith Hance
Time March 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

This is a big brag, sounds good, but the reality is pretty ugly. Neighborhoods are being destroyed to provide oversized apartment complexes in front of Roosevelt High School and other areas. Is it true that a 40 story building has been approved? Why are we doing deep digging for a tunnel before the seawall has been replaced? Almost makes a resident pray for the “Big One” to come sooner rather than later.