Advocates’ report sets a $3 billion price tag to the City’s Seattle Transportation Plan for the next transportation funding package.
Dear Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Councilmembers, and Seattle City Staff,
The next transportation funding package, including the transportation levy, must realize the goals and visions of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)’s draft Seattle Transportation Plan (STP).
The attached report contains cost estimates based on numbers from Seattle Transportation Plan’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) “Alternative 3 for Rapid Progress” (as preferred by 95% of community surveyed). We used the city’s Climate Change Response Framework, Transportation Equity Framework, ADA Transition Plan, and Vision Zero plan to fill in missing gaps.
To put the city on track to meeting its mobility, safety, equity, maintenance, and sustainability goals, Seattle must invest just over $3 billion over the next 8 years in building:
Safety redesigns on Seattle’s five deadliest streets to prevent fatal crashes.
331 miles of new sidewalks to fill in gaps in the network.
60 new linear miles of dedicated transit corridors to cut commute times by 20% or more on key bus routes.
154 miles of new safe bike lanes and 73 miles of upgraded protection on existing bike lanes to advance our citywide bike network.
750 intersections with upgraded safety treatments and 320 accessible pedestrian signals.
And more. See the full document here.
This report outlines the dollar amount needed to meet the city’s goals. The city must now figure out how to fund these important projects between the levy, other local matching dollars, state and federal funds, private partnerships, and other funding sources.
We also hope this report can be used by City Councilmembers, policymakers, advocates, and voters to assess the alignment between the Mayor’s forthcoming transportation funding proposal and the needed projects that reflect our city’s adopted values, plans and priorities.
Cecelia Black, Community Organizer, Disability Mobility Initiative
Clara Cantor, Community Organizer, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Cascade Bicycle Club
Disability Mobility Initiative
Disability Rights WA
House Our Neighbors
Puget Sound Sage
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Transit Riders Union