Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill & has been writing for the blog since 2015. He reports on multimodal transportation issues, #visionzero, preservation, and local politics. He believes in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been planning a set of repaving projects in the Green Lake area for around two years now. We first wrote about them in April of last year, when the department released initial plans that added bicycle facilities to a few...
This month, the Seattle Police Department released a new tool for Seattle residents to get an idea of how many "calls for service" the department responds to. The Call for Service Dashboard displays a call type for any time period, neighborhood, or precinct. Calls...
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will pay a contracting firm $455 million to complete the next phase of freeway expansion through central Seattle: a rebuild of SR-520's Montlake interchange. That is $30 million more than the $425 million maximum originally budgeted for the project, which includes...
When the Seattle City Council passed a non-binding resolution that laid out achievable yet fairly ambitious timelines for completing large gaps in our network of safe cycling routes through the center city, one key projects listed was a link between downtown and Southeast Seattle. The council resolution...
The proposed budget for the next two years for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) includes so many different aspects it can be hard to get an understanding of exactly what is proposed, even after a review of the proposed budget documents. We will dig into the...
The mayor's proposed budget, released on Monday, increases the yearly budget for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) by nearly $130 million for 2019 and $200 million in 2020, directing both unspent funds from previous years and those from new sources like increased fines from red light...
This week we learned that the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close permanently on January 11 of next year, with a three-week gap between the closing of one highway and the opening of another, the long-delayed deep bore tunnel connecting SoDo and South Lake Union. We've known this...
While Lynnwood Link is slated to get its badly needed $100 million from Congress in the latest appropriation from D.C., Seattle's RapidRide projects wait on the Feds and are just as essential in serving the city's surging transit needs. Roosevelt RapidRide is one of the corridors that...