By Sarah Norton
I know that when I read last week about Ed Murray’s “Move Seattle” plan, I was impressed by its comprehensiveness and its cost to homeowners in the city. Living in Pioneer Square, my husband and I most often walk, ride our bicycles, and use the public transportation, so I wondered how much the plan would do for us.
Personally, I’m waiting not-so-patiently for the First Hill streetcar to make getting up to Pill Hill and Capitol Hill easier, but I’m not sure that’s included in the plan. And then Tuesday afternoon, I was caught in the traffic snarl trying to get across town on a bus after that fish truck overturned on Highway 99! So, yes, I think we need a comprehensive transportation plan!!!
Timeline: The Mayor’s office has just sent out a plea for us to get involved, since the public engagement period for the levy proposal will run through April, and Mayor Murray must send his final proposal to the Seattle City Council in May. The City Council will need to submit a final levy proposal to King County be early August for it to be on the ballot in November 2015.
Resources: The Seattle Department of Transportation’s website has got lots of good information. I found their Frequently Asked Questions to be an excellent outline of the program. But they also have a downloadable brochure, a video, and a slide presentation, if you prefer those methods of learning.
Community Conversations: SDOT is holding three community conversations for you to listen and speak out. Pick the most convenient:
Saturday, March 28
New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle 98118): 10 AM –12 PM
Monday, March 30
Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle 98115): 6 – 8 PM
Tuesday, March 31
West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116): 6 – 8 PM
Public Survey: Another SDOT option for expressing your opinion is the short Transportation Levy Proposal Priorities survey. (Note: as of March 25th, I’m getting a “Page cannot be displayed” notice at this link.)
And, please feel free to leave your opinions here on our New Pioneer Square Blog!