Charles Bond

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Charles is an avid cyclist that uses his bike as his primary mode of transportation. He grew up in the Puget Sound, but is currently overseas living in Japan. He covers a range of topics like cycling, transit, and land use. His time in Tokyo really opened his eyes to what urbanism offers people and has a strong desire to see growth happen in Seattle.
On Wednesday, Sound Transit held an open house at Roosevelt High School to discuss the 90% station design benchmark for Roosevelt Station. As a part of the Northgate Link extension, this station will be the intermediate stop between the University District and Northgate stations, and is targeted to open in 2021. The...
As we previously reported, the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge project is $15 million short of the $25 million needed for design and construction. Sound Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation have each committed $5 million, but Sound Transit's commitment will expire on July 31 if the rest of the money is not...
The Northgate Pedestrian Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle oriented crossing of I-5 for the Northgate Link Station, is at risk of losing its funding in the summer. The Sound Transit Board placed an artificial time limit for the City of Seattle and Sound Transit to come up with a funding solution. A Tiger grant...
With the coming light rail expansion to Northgate in 2021, it's a good time to start talking about what things could be done to make Northgate a much more interesting place. By creating better spaces in Northgate, we can advance the goal of making the most effective use of this new station. New growth for...
For the past few years, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been working on a plan to extend the First Hill Streetcar northward. Terminus options explored were to Roy Street, Aloha Street, and Prospect Street (near Volunteer Park). Earlier in the process, the Aloha option had been eliminated. However, an extension...
By Charles Bond and Gordon Werner In the discussions about the new Alaskan Way project and the 1st Ave streetcar, the topic of the old Greg Benson waterfront streetcar often comes up. Since the loss of their home on the waterfront, the cars have been tossed back and forth between...
Update: All images are taken from the execellent center city connector presentation put together by SDOT. We encourage you to read through the full presentation to best understand the project. On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee considered legislation about the preferred local alternative for the Center City Connector, a project to connect the...
Last night, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) held an open house for the Broadway Streetcar. The project would extend the First Hill Streetcar to the north by an additional half mile, adding 2-3 new stops. It would also extend the Broadway cycletrack along the same route. Much of the...