Monday, 18 February, 2019

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.
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed line in Japan, with Mount Fuji in the background. The Tokaido Shinkansen was the world's first high-speed rail line. (Wikipedia / tansaisuketti)
State legislators received a briefing this week on the Washington-led effort to study and plan high-speed rail in the Cascadia Megregion, stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon. Early survey results suggest that there is public interest in a high-speed rail system. The Washington State Department...
King County Metro plans to offer more transportation options to communities in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Beginning on February 5th, a new Community Ride shuttle and Community Van service will be available. The programs differ significantly in how they operate: one as an-demand pick-up, drop-off and...
Automated camera enforcement of motorists blocking intersections, transit-only lanes, bus stops, intersections, and even emergency vehicle entries and exits could finally come to Washington. Cities and counties would be authorized under House Bill 1793 to freely designate new locations for those purposes, allowing them to send fines...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM9_MbaEoY4 In this video short, Dave Amos of City Beautiful talks about the how the United States Census Bureau measures population and highlights an oddity of how a suburban location is considered the densest place in America.
On Monday, Sound Transit announced that positive train control (PTC) has been fully implemented and received certification along the Sounder commuter rail corridors. Sounder trains operating the corridors from Lakewood to Everett are now controlled by PTC equipment that automatically slows trains from overspeeds and prevents collisions...
In the state legislature last week, Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) held a listening session on a slate of long-term transportation funding and investment concepts. New funding ideas include statewide transportation impact fees on development, a flat $15 carbon fee per ton, and a 1% sales tax...
Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced the creation of a new advisory council focused on solutions of middle-income housing. The advisory council held their first formal meeting on Monday, tackling wide-ranging barriers to increasing housing choices affordable to middle-income households. "Too many workers, including teachers,...
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved a temporary moratorium on mobile home sites across the city, limiting the ability of those sites from redevelopment. The temporary moratorium will be in force up to one year. The city council also approved a Local Improvement District (LID) through...