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Staff Biography

Ryan Packer

Senior Editor

Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill. They are on the board of the Friends of Pike Place Market and write about transportation issues at Capitol Hill Seattle. They believe in using Seattle’s history to attain the vibrant, diverse city that we wish to inhabit. Follow them on Twitter @typewriteralley or email at ryan [at] theurbanist [dot] org.

Recent Articles

As Route 40 Upgrades Head Toward Construction, Business Opposition Persists

Councilmember Sara Nelson has joined business leaders in opposing bus lanes. Following the launch of the RapidRide H this month, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is moving forward with upgrades to the six other...

“Rapid Response” Safety Improvements in SoDo Don’t Prove So Rapid

Last year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), following a series of high-profile traffic deaths in the SoDo neighborhood, announced they would be making immediate moves to improve traffic safety near 4th Avenue S...
A trolley bus heading down 15th Ave E in Seattle

Sparse Frequencies Limit Potential of Metro’s Proposed RapidRide G Bus Reshuffle

RapidRide G Line will have lots of capacity during the day, but evenings and connections get dicey. Next year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro will cut the ribbon on...
A backup of cars stretches from one end of the photo to the other

Seattle Requests Federal Help in Planning “Low-Emission Neighborhoods”

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has officially requested funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to figure out how to plan and fund "low emission neighborhoods" in three areas of the city by...
A red and yellow RapidRide bus waits at a stop at an off-street transit center

Metro Launches the H Line, its First RapidRide Line in Nine Years

This weekend King County Metro starts service on the RapidRide H line, running between Downtown Seattle and Burien. The seventh RapidRide line and the first launched since the RapidRide F in 2014, the H...