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The Reader – First Hill Streetcars to be built in Seattle

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First Hill Streetcars to be built in Seattle
Streetcars can support local businesses and attract more riders by making transportation more affordable and convenient. They will also create family-wage manufacturing jobs right here in Seattle. Yesterday Mayor McGinn was joined by Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and Dave Freiboth from the King County Labor Council to announce that Inekon, in partnership with Seattle-based Pacifica, won the bid to build the first six vehicles for the First Hill Streetcar project. And there’s growth potential for this industry. As cities across America plan and build new routes, Pacifica will assemble streetcar vehicles for all contracts in the US awarded to Inekon here in Seattle.

The Federal grant Seattle recently won and the $1.5 million in rail planning money the mayor proposed in the 2012 budget will help us plan expanded transit to more neighborhoods. If Seattle continues planning and building new routes, we will not only improve transit, but we will create more good jobs. This exciting news comes on the heels of last week’s announcements that Brooks Sports and EMC Isilon would be bringing a combined 500 jobs to Seattle.


Road Safety Summit kicks off with public meeting
How can we improve safety on our roads and ensure everyone gets where they’re going safely? The first step is to listen to what the public has to say. On Monday we kicked off the Road Safety Summit with the first of three Public Forums. More than 100 members of the public and participants in the Summit Workgroup came together at City Hall to share their ideas on what we can do as a community to make our roads safer. We heard a lot of good ideas about ways we can improve education, enforcement, and engineering on our roads. We also heard a lot of support for the idea that empathy for each other has to be an important part of creating a culture of safety.

Members of the Summit Workgroup— which includes representatives of traffic safety experts, healthcare representatives, advocates for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, business leaders, and business and labor leaders — will review the public’s feedback and ideas to produce a set of recommendations for improving road safety in December.

Dr. David Fleming, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, gave a brief presentation of traffic safety and public health. He pointed out that injuries (including traffic injuries) are the leading cause of death in Seattle for people ages 1-44, with an average of 26 deaths per year. Despite the fact that a smaller number of overall crashes involve pedestrians and bicyclists, they represent a much higher percentage of serious injuries and fatalities. Dr. Fleming also explained most of these deaths are preventable, but there is not a single answer. Instead we need to look at a range of different tools that we can use. Watch his presentation:

We want to hear from as many people as possible. One way to give your ideas is to organize your own Road Safety Summit meeting. Bring your friends, neighbors, and co-workers together to talk about what we can do to improve road safety. Or you can join us at one of the upcoming summit public forums:

November 15, 6pm at Northgate Community Center (RSVP)
November 21, 6pm at Southwest Community Center (RSVP)

We need to hear from you!

Help develop a Race and Social Justice plan for Seattle
Help end racial inequity in jobs, housing, education, and other areas in Seattle. The City of Seattle will host a community event on Saturday, November 12 to share the work of the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to date, and to create an opportunity for members of the public to provide input on a three-year work plan for the City of Seattle.

When: Saturday, November 12, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Avenue South
To RSVP and for more information, visit

Upcoming Events (for more see

Oct 27: 5:00 p.m. – Experience the Waterfront, Bell Harbor Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way)

Oct 28: 5:30 p.m. – SPD Annual Awards Banquet, Seattle Sheraton (1400 6th Ave)

Oct 29: 2:30 p.m. – Mountains-to-Sounds Trail grand opening, adjacent to Daejeon Park (900 Sturgis Ave S)

Nov 1: 5:30 p.m. – Mayor’s Town Hall, Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Ave NE)

Nov 3: 6:00 p.m. – S Myrtle/Othello Street Safety Improvements, New Holly Gathering Hall (3815 S Othello St)

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