02/18/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/18/2020 16:45
Commits to Renew Transportation Benefit District This Year
The Seattle Transportation Benefit District funds additional transit service, red bus-only lanes, and free ORCA for students and low-income residents
Seattle (Feb. 18, 2020) - During her 2020 State of the City address, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan highlighted her key transportation goals for the City and recommitted Seattle to funding its critical transit and transportation priorities. In addition to working to deliver on light rail to Seattle more quickly, Mayor Durkan has led the City during critical periods of the Seattle Squeeze.
In her address, she highlighted the benefits of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, which expires this year and has:
Under Mayor Durkan, the City has refocused its efforts on Vision Zero. In December 2019, Mayor Durkan announced the reduction of speed limits in Seattle to 25 miles per hour on major streets citywide to improve safety on our roads. The City is also working closely with its partners at the Washington State Department of Transportation to lower speeds on state highways within the city, including Aurora Ave and Lake City Way. Since 2017, the City of Seattle has completed almost 26 miles of protected bike lanes, greenways and bike lanes - with significant progress made towards completing Seattle's Center City Bike Network. Mayor Durkan has also advocated to speed up the timeline for the Link station at NE 130th St. and last week the expansion committee voted to move forward with an accelerated project schedule.
Under the leadership of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Sam Zimbabwe, SDOT has worked to ensure its delivering on its commitment of major capital projects, including the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge to the Center City Connector Streetcar project. After ensuring financial accountability for the Center City Connector Streetcar project, the Mayor identified funding to fill the $56 million funding gap to move the project forward through a small charge on Uber and Lyft rides. In addition to identifying funding for the streetcar project with this small charge, the Mayor was able to invest in housing near transit for working families and create a first in the nation Driver Resolution Center, to protect drivers unfairly deactivated from a ridesharing platform.
During the three-week closure of State Highway 99 known as the Seattle Squeeze, Mayor Durkan and State and local transportation leaders led a push to move residents out of vehicles, and encouraged the use of transit and alternative work arrangements. locked0 Lis