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The Reader – Connecting neighborhoods with rail

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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Connecting neighborhoods with rail
Seattle’s Transit Master Plan has been guiding the work at the City level to invest in high capacity transit – transit that is frequent, reliable, and serves a high number of passengers.

Mayor McGinn has worked to accelerate planning for each high capacity route identified in the plan. Additionally, he advocated for partnering with Sound Transit to accelerate study of the Downtown to Ballard rail corridor, which got underway at the end of 2012.

Sound Transit is now in the process of updating their Long Range Plan, and asking the community, “Where should regional high-capacity transit services go next”? A transit package based on options in the updated Long Range Plan could go to voters as early as 2016.

Long range plan corridor studies that are underway include Downtown to Ballard, as mentioned above, Ballard to the University District and beyond, and Downtown to West Seattle and beyond. To support these corridors, or other corridors in Seattle, you can participate through November 25 in any of the following ways:

  • Attend a public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30-8 p.m. Seattle University Campion Ballroom, 914 E. Jefferson St. or Thursday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St.
  • Complete a survey at
  • Email:
  • Mail: Sound Transit, Attn: James Irish, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104

Read more about each rail or high capacity route in the city, including corridors that are existing, under construction, or in design and planning.

Neighbors for Road Safety
Mayor McGinn announced a new “Neighbors for Road Safety” program, which mobilizes Seattle residents to help raise awareness of road safety issues in their communities. Participants who sign up to be a Neighbor for Road Safety will have several resources available to them: educational materials; hard data on neighborhood-specific road safety issues; a neighborhood-specific presentation; a Be Super Safe comic addressing the most common causes for collisions; monthly communications about road safety issues; information on projects happening in peoples’ neighborhoods – including projects that are new facilities people might not be familiar with; and direct access to SDOT’s Community Traffic Liaison to develop strategies to address local needs.

Neighbors for Road Safety was launched as a pilot project earlier this year in South Lake Union. Neighbors there have learned about collisions in their neighborhood, the circumstances that contribute to crashes, and have worked to identify safety improvements for people walking and biking along Denny Way. SDOT is in progress on installing those crossing improvements.

“We hear from neighbors all the time that they want their streets to be safer,” said Mayor McGinn. “By working with neighbors throughout Seattle and equipping them with expert knowledge of road safety issues, rules of the road, and projects in their neighborhood, we hope to increase road safety throughout the city.”

“Whether you are a driver like I am, take, the bus, or streetcar, ride a bike, or walk, it’s important that people understand how to look out for each other,” said Mike McQuaid, president of the South Lake Union Community Council. “This program will help us all be more safe.”

Safety Patrol sworn in
Last week Mayor McGinn visited the Spruce Street School in the Denny Triangle neighborhood to swear in the newest members of the Safety Patrol – the students who help others cross safely in and around the school. These students pledge to prevent crashes and to lead by example as they look out for each other on streets near their school. After the 22 new members of the Safety Patrol were sworn in, students had the chance to ask the mayor questions. “Is your job hard?” “Do you get to work with the President?” “What do you do with your free time?” were some of the great questions asked.

Road safety near schools is one of our top priorities; earlier this year we launched the School Road Safety Initiative, which aims to increase safety through a combination of education, street improvements, encouragement, enforcement, and more.

Seattle Parks Legacy Plan public hearing
The Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLPCAC), appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options, invites the community to a public hearing on Thursday, November 7, 2013 starting at 6 p.m. at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East.

There are 37 Investment Initiatives (funding recommendations) that are proposed for inclusion in a future park funding ballot measure. An initial prioritization of the 37 proposed initiatives has occurred within three subcommittees: Existing Programs and Services, New Programs and Services and Partnerships. The newly prioritized list will be available on the Legacy website on Friday, November 1st.

Upcoming events (for more see
Oct 30, 5:30 p.m. – University of Washington Divestment Forum, Miller Hall, room 301

Nov 5, 11:00 a.m. – Arts & Social Change Visioning Summit, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave S)

Nov 6, 5:30 p.m. – 23rd Ave Corridor Neighborhood Greenway Open House, Nova High School Auditorium (300 20th Ave E)

Nov 7, 6:00 p.m. – Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E)

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