Stepping away: Councilmember Rob Johnson has chosen not to seek reelection in 2019 ($).

Blueburbs: The suburbs helped deliver a progressive victory for the United States House of Representatives to Democrats.

New fast ferry: Kitsap Transit will launch a new passenger-only fast ferry from Kingston to Seattle ($) after Thanksgiving.

Safer streets: More pedestrian safety improvements are on the way for Capitol Hill.

More Thurston transit: Thurston County voters have chosen to pass a tax increase to expand Intercity Transit service.

Missing Middle Commercial: Strong Towns says that there is a missing middle for commercial spaces, too.

Rejecting safe streets: Bainbridge Island voters rejected a safe streets tax package.

Redlining Cleveland: Brazen redlining is underway in Cleveland.

Poaching riders: Uber and Lyft are carrying more riders in Seattle than light rail.

MAX extension approved: Portland has approved a new light rail extension project.

Now cars, too: Lime will bring mini-electric cars to Seattle but not e-scooters.

An inconvenient problem: The carbon fee initiative fell short of the votes necessary to be enacted.

The ed levy: Seattle voters passed a sweeping education levy tax package to be administered by the city.

Parking e-scooters: Santa Monica is trialing e-scooter parking corrals.

Winning transportation: Transportation measures faired pretty well across America on election night.

Solidly blue governance: Democrats in Washington state will expand their majorities greatly in the state legislature.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.