Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill and has been writing for the blog since 2015. They report on multimodal transportation issues, #VisionZero, preservation, and local politics. They believe in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit. In December 2020, Ryan started a three-month stint as editor of Seattle Bike Blog.
teal streetcar in Pioneer Square with Smith Tower and other buildings
A discussion on possible changes to Mayor Durkan's proposed budget for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) was dominated Friday by further relitigating of the case for finally connecting Seattle's two existing streetcar lines. Effectively on pause since 2018, the Center City Connector has been in development since the...
Street sign reading SODO Trail
When voters approved Seattle's nine-year transportation levy in 2015, they were choosing whether the city should invest in a very specific list of transportation projects, from street repaving to protected bike lanes to blocks of new sidewalks. That suite of projects has evolved over the past six years, with...
A photo shows an roadway leading to an airport terminal. Colors are used to identify where the roadway will be expanded.
The Port of Seattle's plan to significantly expand the capacity of the main arrivals drive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) hit a speedbump in late September as most of the members of the Port of Seattle Commission voted to postpone a decision to move forward with design work for...
A wide intersection where two streets meet at an angle, some legs without crosswalks.
A "cost-to-continue budget" is how Kris Castleman, the Seattle Department of Transportation's Finance and Administration Division, described the 2022 budget proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan as the department briefed the city council's Select Budget Committee Friday. After the Mayor proposed an overall city budget for next year last Monday,...
As the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) moves forward with plans to repair the West Seattle Bridge, it is working to assemble full funding to pay for the $175 million estimated cost for the entire West Seattle Bridge repair program, which includes the repair itself, repairs to the lower...
This past weekend, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews marked out a protected bike lane on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle, extending the existing bike lane from Marion Street south to Dilling Way, just south of the King County Courthouse. Now a two-way bike lane extends from Pine Street...
Beacon Hill, Delridge, Highland Park, and Bell Street Park are next up for permanent upgrades after Greenwood. In the next few weeks, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will start work on upgrades to the 1st Avenue NW neighborhood greenway in Greenwood, the first set of permanent improvements made to...
Yesterday, we showed you inside U District Station, and now here's Northgate. On October 2nd, Northgate Station will become the northern terminus of Sound Transit's 1 Line for three years until the Lynnwood Link extension opens. Serving Seattle's northernmost urban center, Northgate Station's new transit bays and bus-only lanes...