Stephen Fesler

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.
On Thursday, Community Transit declared their intention to join several other local transit agencies in offering a reduced fare program for low-income individuals. The low-fare program would be unified under ORCA LIFT, which allows registered participants with ORCA cards to be charged the lower fare. The transit...
The Northgate pedestrian and bicycle bridge is now a go. Last week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced the design of the bridge had been completed. Environmental review was completed last year. Now all that remains is to wrap up the permitting process and select a...
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https://youtu.be/kfPNxNIDHrA In this video, Vox discusses the public health and social aspects of long commutes.
Green New Deal: The Green New Deal would dramatically overhaul America's transportation system if passed. Millennials are supporting the movement en mass. CA environmental justice: California's carbon-free electricity bill could bring immense environmental benefits to low-income and minority communities that are often overlooked.
When Sound Transit makes the tie-in of East Link to Central Link in Seattle next year, service on the Central Link light rail line will be temporarily disrupted over a 10-week period, possibly longer. Sound Transit plans to use a single-track approach in the Downtown Seattle Transit...
On Friday, local elected officials met to discuss end-to-end alignment alternatives for light rail extensions to West Seattle and Ballard. It was the fifth such meeting for the Elected Leadership Group (ELG), this time looking at full corridor alternatives for the extensions and discussing the tradeoffs they...
On Monday, the Seattle Office of Housing (OH) release a draft plan for affordable housing development at Fort Lawton. A total of 34 acres would be set aside for up to 237 homes and green space. The development plan calls for a mix of housing types, including...
Sound Transit is planning to bring bus rapid transit (BRT), now known as Stride, to the SR-522 corridor, running between Shoreline and Woodinville, by 2024. The eight-mile line is expected to cost up to $386 million and serve 10,000 daily riders. Over the summer, the transit agency...