What We’re Reading: ST3 in Seattle, Listen to the Kids, and AMS Climate Action


Artificial island for housing: Hong Kong wants to build a new artificial island at the cost of £60 billion to 260,000 homes.

ST3 in Seattle: Seattle Subway has an idea to improve the elevated light rail options to Alaska Junction. But is there a better way to reach Central Ballard? Meanwhile, elected leaders continue debate on how to build light rail in Seattle.

Where are the teachers?: Washington continues to have a dramatic teacher shortage ($) that is growing.

LON putting public health first: London plans to roll out an ultra low emissions zone to reduce environmental impacts of polluting cars.

The logical conclusion: According to a new study, good pedestrian and bike infrastructure leads to healthier communities.

Upping IZ in BOS: Boston is poised to increase their inclusionary zoning requirements for affordable housing production.

Listen to the kids: Amsterdam’s nine-year-old “bike mayor” has ideas on how to make streets safer for children.

PDX gas tax: Portlanders will get a chance to reauthorize a local gas tax to fund multimodal transportation projects.

AMZN’s record sale: Amazon’s Troy Block complex sold in record-breaking $740 million deal.

Thwarting public willing in PHX: Phoenix legislators want to steal billions of dollars set aside for light rail and spend it on roads.

Preventable tragedy in North Seattle: Two people died in North Seattle this week after a carjacker turn into a rampage shooting them and at a King County Metro bus ($); the bus operator was injured but recognized as a hero.

Millennials killed trends, too: Millennials appear to be driving a lot despite trends toward walking, biking, and transit.

An approach to watch: Brightline is officially getting rebranded to Virgin Trains USA and is looking for infill station opportunities in addition to partnership with local transit agencies and expansion.

GEG connecting all: Spokane’s transit agency is poised to offer free transit passes to people receiving homelessness assistance.

AMS climate action: Amsterdam is taking climate action seriously and plans to remove 1,500 car parking spaces per year, which will be replaced with green spaces, wider sidewalks, and bike facilities.

Getting bike lanes done: Could Seattle create a new framework to ensure that the city transportation department implements adopted plans for bike facilities as intended?

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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.

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Paul W.

Regarding the Downtown Seattle to West Seattle, and the Downtown to Ballard light rail extension projects — both will be in the N. King subarea. The revenue projections for N. King used in the 2016 ballot measure were very conservative. They allowed for those two rail projects to have capital budgets of about $3 billion each. Apparently there is another $2-3 billion of ST3 revenues that will be available for North King subarea spending because the board extended the ST3 taxing, which provided additional debt capacity as well. That’s enough for a tunnel to West Seattle and most of an extension from Ballard to UW, right?