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The Reader – Expanding rail in Seattle
From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Expanding rail in Seattle
It’s no surprise that Seattle loves rail: We vote for it in droves. The question for our region is no longer if we are going to expand rail our rail system, but when we can get a rail line to your neighborhood.
Mayor McGinn’s 2013 proposed budget will dedicate $6 million of new funding for the expansion of transit in Seattle, including $5 million for high-priority corridors where rail makes the most sense. That funding will support planning work for these corridors, allowing us to determine the best alignment and mode.
The budget proposal, which will be presented to the Seattle City Council on September 24, would fund:
• $2 million for a corridor analysis of a high-capacity transit line from downtown to University District, via Eastlake. If approved by the council, this work would begin next year.
• $1 million for a corridor analysis of a bus rapid transit line on Madison Street, from downtown to Madison Park.
• $500,000 for a study of a pedestrian, bike, and transit crossing of the ship canal. A north/south crossing of the ship canal, which runs from Ballard to Montlake, would allow transit to flow more freely past this obstacle without getting stuck in traffic.
• A $2.5 million reserve fund to help pay for the next phase of design work on a top corridor, starting in 2014.
For more details, read the mayor’s blog post.
New funding for basic road maintenance
Mayor McGinn announced increased funding for basic road maintenance in his 2013-2014 Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) proposed budget. Guided by the SDOT Action Agenda, the proposed budget includes significant investments to preserve and maintain critical transportation infrastructure. McGinn is increasing the City’s annual investment in street repairs and maintenance by over $5 million.
“We’re working on the basics, filling potholes and making more, longer-lasting repairs to our streets,” said McGinn. “An improved revenue forecast and a sustainable approach to our city budget over the past few years are allowing us to re-invest in the core services of city government. This will help us improve safety for everyone using our roads.”
To help address the road maintenance backlog, the proposed transportation budget would add funding for arterial maintenance, non-arterial maintenance and crack sealing, and also restore SDOT’s chip seal program. It makes investments in bridge maintenance, bridge seismic work, sidewalk repair, traffic signal maintenance and signage maintenance.
Supporting Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center into the future
Mayor McGinn also announced that his proposed 2013 budget will include a plan to support the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC) into the future by transferring the cultural facility into the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs (OACA) from the Department of Parks and Recreation. The addition of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center as another program under OACA aligns with OACA’s mission and fits the purview of the Admission Tax to fund arts-related programs and keep artists living, working and growing in Seattle. The plan resulted from conversations with LHPAC staff, arts commissioners, and other arts leaders.
“Langston Hughes is a valuable arts and community resource for the Seattle community,” said McGinn. “I thank city staff, the Arts Commission and community stakeholders for their work to help the city better support Langston Hughes in the future. I especially thank Executive Director Royal Alley-Barnes for her leadership in making this new approach possible.”
Opening the Belltown Community Center
Thursday, Mayor McGinn announced the opening of the Belltown Community Center at 415 Bell Street. Building improvements are complete and the center opens to the public with a celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14.
“This community gathering space has been a long time coming,” said McGinn. “I thank the community for their creativity, their patience and their perseverance on this project. We now have a new, safe and attractive space where the community can gather.”
The project, funded by the 1999 Community Centers and Seattle Center Levy, was among eight other Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers constructed or expanded around the city. Finding an appropriate and affordable site for the Belltown Community Center proved a challenge. After looking at 30 sites, the City entered a 10-year lease for a 6,000 square foot vacant building to house the community center.
Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/mayor/Engage/access.htm):
Sept 14, 4:00 p.m. – Belltown Community Center open house (415 Bell St)
Sept 18 & 24, 6:00 p.m. – Titans of Innovation Speaker Series, Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center
Sept 22, 11:00 a.m. – GloablFest – Stand for Girls, Center House at The Seattle Center
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