BUILDING A WORLD CLASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
While the state has focused on massive megaprojects to the neglect of basic infrastructure, Mayor McGinn’s focus is on local streets and transit.
This focus reflects Seattle’s needs in the 21st century. 50 years ago we built freeways and wound up emptying out our business centers. Today we are seeing people and businesses come back to our urban centers. In response, we have to change how we invest.
Our future depends on reinvesting in basic maintenance of our local streets, making them work efficiently for all users, and supporting the fast rising demand for walking, biking, and transit.
First we need to take care of our infrastructure. McGinn has increased funding by 37% since 2010, passed seawall ballot measure, resumed chip and crack seal, and added resources to fill more potholes. He took savings from projects like the Spokane Street Viaduct and invested them around our city. Moving forward, he will continue working with the mayors he brought together to seek more authority from the state to raise local revenue for road maintenance. And we will pursue renewal of the Bridging the Gap Levy to continue reducing the backlog.
Next, we need to protect and expand our transit options. For decades Seattle has lagged behind other cities. In his first term McGinn changed the conversation about rail and won unanimous approval from the City Council for a Transit Master Plan that will get Seattle to a great transit system that will connect our neighborhoods reduce our carbon emissions and oil consumption, and lower the cost of living. In the next four years McGinn will work with Sound Transit and federal partners to fund construction of the rail lines we have begun planning. We’ll work with the state to preserve and expand funding for our buses – or do it at the city if the state won’t help us.
Finally, McGinn will continue working to protect safety on our roads. In 2012 he launched the Road Safety Action Plan and the Be Super Safe campaign with the goal of reducing to zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. McGinn has added over $14 million in funding to protect children as they walk to and from school. He is working with the public to plan a network of cycle tracks and neighborhood greenways to provide safe facilities for bicycles and pedestrians. And he has stepped up enforcement of our traffic laws.
In his second term, Mayor McGinn will…
• Work with Sound Transit to place Sound Transit 3 on the 2016 ballot to fund light rail from downtown to Ballard, downtown to West Seattle, and Ballard to the U-District along with other key regional connections
• Pursue funding to build the Center City Connector, rail from South Lake Union to the U-District via Eastlake, and bus rapid transit on Madison Street
• Pursue funding to expand bus service across Seattle, including more frequent service as well as improvements to the street to increase bus reliability and reduce travel times
• Renew the Bridging the Gap levy to continue reducing our road maintenance backlog, build more sidewalks, and install more safe bicycle facilities
• Finalize and implement the update to the Bicycle Master Plan, starting with a downtown cycle track network
Maintaining infrastructure and supporting economic development
Under the McGinn administration the City has:
· Increased road maintenance spending by 37% over 2010 levels
· Tripled the number of pothole crews from 3 to 9
· Allocated funding for chip seal and micro surfacing to maintain neighborhood streets and prolong the life of roads
· Researched and invested in new methods and materials that extend the life of road patches to three times longer than those previously used
· Repaved roadways that have high usage and Metro routes in concrete instead of asphalt which can handle larger weight loads without warping
· Invested in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to help improve traffic flows, provide travelers with better information about travel and parking conditions in downtown during peak hours and intense construction activity, and gather real-time traffic pattern and volume changes
· Updated and utilized electronic and communication technologies, such as sensors, updates to signals, expanded online mapping, cameras, and electronic signs, to increase efficiency
· Funded a Freight Master Plan to identify priority freight corridors and ways to make sure they continue to serve the manufacturing and industrial sectors
·Allocated $350,000 in the 2014 proposed budget to begin planning for Bridging the Gap levy renewal for this important funding source that ends in 2015
· Led the fight and pushed to include a levy on the ballot to replace the city’s deteriorating seawall with a structure that meets current safety and design standards—the levy passed and a new seawall is scheduled to be built
·Allocated funding for design and rehabilitation or replacement of three or four of the city’s most structurally deficient bridges
Extending Light Rail and Expanding Transit
Under the McGinn administration the City has:
· Updated the Transit Master Plan (TMP), driven by the need to better connect Seattle’s neighborhoods with faster and more reliable transit options
· Through the TMP, identified four high capacity transit corridors to prioritize for rail transit or bus rapid transit
· Partnered with Sound Transit to accelerate planning for a rail line from Downtown to Ballard
· Prioritized design and planning for a Center City Connector, connecting the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars, to support Downtown growth and vitality
· Proposed and won accelerated funding for studying University District-to South Lake Union high capacity transit improvements
· Determined an alignment for and began construction of the First Hill Streetcar line, then procured funding for a Broadway extension
· Proposed accelerating a $500,000 of a future pedestrian, bicycle, and transit Ship Canal Crossing
· Continued implementation of improvements for priority bus corridors identified through the TMP, achieving faster speed, greater reliability, and transit stop upgrades
· Added $14 million for neighborhood transportation in the 2014 proposed budget, including maintenance, sidewalks, projects, and coordinated transportation planning in several key corridors
· Funded transit corridor improvements in 2014 include design and construction of RapidRide C (West Seattle) and RapidRide D (Ballard) speed and reliability improvements, improvements for transit on Rainier and Jackson, on Greenwood Avenue North, on Market Street and Northwest 45th Street curb ramps, and the Denny Way Electric Trolley Bus project
· Increased the bike budget by $6 million through Spokane Street Viaduct savings and investments in the proposed 2014 budget
· Began updating the Bicycle Master Plan, slated for completion in 2013, with significant upgrades to streets that will make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to travel the city on bike
· Significantly increased neighborhood greenways implementation, with seven greenways in planning and design in 2014, five under construction in 2014, and two already built
· In 2013, we have opened our first cycle tracks (on Linden Avenue North, with Broadway on target before the end of the year). In 2014, we’ll continue to move forward on a downtown cycle track network, a Westlake Avenue Cycle Track, and more
Keeping it Safe
As mayor, Michael McGinn has:
· the Road Safety Action Plan and campaign in 2012 after gathering input through a Road Safety Summit; this plan has a long term goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, utilizing education, environmental changes, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, and increasing empathy for everyone on our roads
·Launched the School Road Safety Initiative in 2013, increasing road safety near schools
· By the end of 2014, 15 schools will have school zone speed cameras installed to ensure
·reduced speeding in school zones with a history of speeding issues
·Allocated $14.8 million for school road safety in 2013 and 2014 for safety education, sidewalks, crossing improvements, and traffic calming.
· Since 2012, allocated funding and installed pedestrian countdown signals at 26 intersections, improved safety at 42 locations, remarked 500 crosswalks, built 12 blocks of new sidewalks and 150 new curb ramps
· Partnered with SPD to coordinate patrols targeting speeding, distracted and impaired driving, and pedestrian and bike safety
· Targeted outreach to young drivers who are most likely to be distracted and in traffic collisions