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While much of the media may have convinced itself that Seattle City Council radically defunded the police, it didn't. What Council did do was make some tweaks around the edges and engage in some budgetary magic to reduce the police budget while maintaining public safety spending overall in other...
Lane width helps to control speed on urban streets. People driving tend to slow when streets are narrow. Urban Streets The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) recommends a default of 10-foot lanes. “Lane widths of 10 feet are appropriate in urban areas and have a positive impact on a street’s safety without...
The Seattle ROWIM or Right Of Way Improvement Manual may be the most important acronym guiding the development of Seattle streets today. How wide are sidewalks required to be? Where can driveways go? What sorts of street lighting do developers need to provide around new condo buildings? These questions are always...
At the end of Seattle's Hack the Commute on Sunday night the judges selected three potentially game-changing software applications for further development. Over the weekend 14 volunteer teams of data scientists, transportation experts, designers, and software developers created prototypes of smartphone tools that could improve the travel experience across...
25th Ave NE is a minor North-South arterial in North Seattle that links University Village with Lake City Way. The street is being used by Metro routes 372 and 68. Route 372 links UW with Lake City, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville along a direct route along 25th Ave NE...
The Tacoma Trestle is a 0.65-mile long trestle in Tacoma that stretches east from Freighthouse Square (the Tacoma Dome Sounder station) to the BNSF mainline next to the Puyallup River. The trestle is wooden and over 100 years old. It dates back from when the Milwaukee Road stretched across the...
Last Tuesday, Sound Transit held the final design open house for the Bel-Red segment of the East Link project. East Link is a light rail extension, which when open in 2023, will link Seattle with the Eastside cities of Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond. The first segment of East Link begins at International District...
When Link opened in 2009, it was expected to be a catalyst for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Rainier Valley: MLK Way is littered with the sort of auto-oriented, suburban-style development that defines placelessness, and is ripe for redevelopment. A unprecedented economic downturn delayed those aspirations somewhat, and for a...