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    Tacoma Trestle Now at 100% Design, Construction Begins in 2016

    Design work on the Tacoma Trestle replacement project is now coming to a close after a two-year public involvement process. Sound Transit heard many valuable comments from the public and has accordingly made adjustments to the final design. Project work centers on replacement of a 0.65-mile wooden railway trestle just east of Tacoma's historic Freighthouse Square. Today, Sound Transit's signature South Sounder services operate along the single-tack trestle with an at-grade stop next to Freighthouse Square. Replacement of the trestle will upgrade this stretch of the railway corridor to modern double-track standards. A new trestle bridging system will be constructed primarily out of concrete, although one segment will feature steel. Concrete bridge segments will sit atop double pillar posts and spans. Sound Transit held a series of open houses during the two-year public involvement with key milestones at occurring at 30%, 60%, and most recently 90% design in August. Staff evaluated a laundry list ...
  • Capital Bike Share, also operated by Motivate,  offers a model for Seattle bike share, with 3000 bikes and x stations serving Washington, D.C. region including Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA, and Montgomery County, MD.

    Proposed Funding to Radically Expand Seattle’s Bike Share System

    The City of Seattle 2016 Proposed Budget allocates significant funding to support the expansion of the city's bike share stations and fleet, serving a much greater geographic area, if approved. Of the $5.1 billion Proposed Budget, $5 million is dedicated to fund the expansion of Pronto bike share with the potential to leverage an additional $10 million through federal grants. Operated by Motivate, Pronto launched in Seattle in October 2014 and presently has 500 bikes with 7 speeds across 54 stations located in Seattle’s densest areas including Downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and the University District. The City's former budget recognized the value of extending the coverage of bike share, allocating $50,000 of General Fund money for a feasibility study for expansion into the southeast of Seattle. Although the former budget also included plans to expand bike share into the Central District in 2015, this has been delayed. The proposed budget, coupled with the federal grant application, ...
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    I-405 Commuter Buses to Use Shoulder Lane During Morning Peak

    Did you happen to see any buses driving on the shoulder this morning? If you did, it wasn't a figment of your imagination. Community Transit and Sound Transit are now testing out commuter routes in the right-hand shoulder lane of southbound I-405. Two stretches of the highway will be permitted for transit operations during the hours of 6am to 9am on weekdays. The agencies have worked with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to allow this as a solution to new restrictions in place from the recently installed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. WSDOT's HOT lanes limit access to specified locations to improve traffic flow and ensure that drivers pay their tolls. Double white lines demarcate when crossing lanes is prohibited. At HOT lane access points, lane lines become dashed to allow drivers to enter and exit. However, one major unintended consequence from this arrangement is that it preempts transit ...
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    Seattle to Acquire Sisley Properties in Roosevelt

    The Seattle City Council will vote today on whether to acquire a one-fifth-acre property from Hugh Sisley, an infamous slumlord in the city's Roosevelt neighborhood. The City has been doing battle with Sisley for years over code violations and unpaid fines at his deteriorating residential and commercial structures. Earlier this year, City Attorney Pete Holmes put his foot down and declared that the City will seek payment for the fines and to publicly acquire at least one of them for a new park. The property, located at 1322 NE 65th Street, is one of at least two that the City intends to acquire. According to a press release from last May, the other is next door at 1318 NE 65th Street and will presumably be addressed in future legislation. Sisley owns a number of rundown properties in the neighborhood, and someone has made a custom Google Map showing where they ...
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    Sunday Video: Chicago Launches First Architecture Biennial

    The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial launched yesterday, with three months of events, including lectures, workshops, tours, exhibitions, performances, film screenings and social activities. Titled The State of the Art of Architecture, the Biennial is the largest survey of contemporary architecture in North America. It is fitting that the city that built the world's first skyscraper, will showcase innovative and transformative architectural, spatial and design projects and invite the public to engage in conversations to expand thinking about shaping built environments in the future. The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from October 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
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    What We're Reading: Transit Prevents Sprawl

    Trading spaces: Antioch University is selling its Belltown location and trading in on a new lease with local developer Martin Selig in Downtown. Craigslist crisis: Bed-bunk ads on Craigslist show the depths of the housing crisis in San Francisco. On reconsideration: Preservationist in Pioneer Square win first step in their appeal of a large scale project proposed within the neighborhood. Less diverse: Many US cities are getting whiter for the first time in decades. Other side of the coin: North Dakota's oil boom led to massive housing shortages and rising prices, now the local markets are oversupplied and prices are dropping; it isn't all roses for cities and homeowners. The wireless age: Telecommuting is on the rise national, the Seattle metropolitan area is up by more than 1% over four years. A no-go?: Mexico City is experiencing a bit of backlash over their High Line-style boulevard park project for the people. Greenlighted: A ...
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    Fridaygram: Observations of Local Urbanism in Portland

    Portland is awash in more than just craft beer. It's a mecca of Pacific Northwest urbanism. The look and feel of Portland is very noticeably different from its sister city Seattle. Many residential neighborhoods have a greater mixing of housing types. Neighborhood business districts are much more plentiful. The scale of buildings and blocks ebbs and flows in places like the Pearl District. The character of neighborhoods seems much more cohesive, which is reflected even in newer developments. And everyday urbanism like playful green streets, sidewalk cafes, farmers markets, and street vendors just don't seem forced. Taking over the @urbanistorg Twitter handle for the weekend, I tweeted out a bunch of observations on Portland's local urbanism. Instead of spilling too much ink, here's just a few snapshots from the streets of Portland: These all live on the same block! Something for everybody. #pdx — The Urbanist (@UrbanistOrg) September 27, 2015 Portland removed ...
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