Deep Bore Breakthrough
Just four months ago, the idea of replacing the Alaskan Way
Viaduct with a deep bore tunnel was dismissed by many as a fruitcake
notion that was hopelessly idealistic and, in the inner sanctums of
Olympia, Washington state politics, politically impossible.
today, the deep bore proposal is on the brink of becoming official public
policy for the State of Washington.
The tunnel proposal was
approved last night by the state house of representatives and it now
awaits review by the state senate, which is expected to approve it. After
that, all that's required is the expected sign off by Governor Chris
Gregoire and the state will be committed to spending $2.4 billion for a
tunnel solution to the viaduct.
We suspect that would be the
largest single expenditure in the history of Washington state government
and the story of how this came to be is explained in the current print
edition of Seattle Industry magazine. If you want to get a copy, go here.
steps for the tunnel? Environmental review, design work, future funding
battles involving the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle and King
County, and more political and practical challenges than we care to
contemplate as the improbable journey of the deep bore tunnel proposal
continues to move forward.
Visioning Seattle's Transportation Future
TOWN HALL Meeting:
What will Seattle's transportation landscape look like in 20 years? How
will we move people and goods, manage congestion, and cut our emissions?
As the city and the Puget Sound region grapples with the many
transportation challenges ahead, now is the time to have this discussion.
On the heels of the stimulus package, plans are underway on how to spend
future federal highway and transit dollars in the next reauthorization of
federal transportation legislation later this year. Join us for a special
interactive town hall discussion with our panelists:
Chair, Transportation Committee, Seattle City Council
General Manager, King County Metro
Chuck Ayers, Executive Director,
Cascade Bicycle Club
Carla Archambault, General Manager, Zipcar
Eric dePlace, Senior Researcher, Sightline Institute
Saulter, Transit advocate and author of the Bus Chick blog on Seattle
WHEN: Friday May 1, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHERE: Bertha Knight
Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
5th Avenue between Cherry and James St.
This special townhall is brought to you by Transportation Choices
Coalition, Futurewise, WashPIRG, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter, Bicycle
Alliance of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Transit Blog, and
HEY! Watch it
The collision that occurred after a car made an
illegal turn in front of a light rail train last week on MLK Jr. Way is a
reminder of the importance of abiding by traffic signals and safety
precautions as light rail testing ramps up in advance of passenger service
starting in July.
Drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others can
expect to see the light rail vehicles on the track at any time. Sound
Transit police are also working with local law enforcement agencies to
increase enforcement of all traffic and pedestrian laws along the
alignment. Drivers and pedestrians should be alert and obey all traffic
signs and signals; only cross the street at designated crosswalks or
traffic signals. All of the locations where traffic or pedestrians can
legally cross the light rail tracks are equipped with signals. For more
information on Link safety, see: http://www.soundtransit.org/linksafety
Bicycle Alliance of Washington's Commute Specialist
May is Bicycle
to Work Month so in an effort to get ready; Join us to go over basic
maintenance topics, including parts and how they work, the "ABC" quick
check (Air, Brakes, Cranks/Chains/Cassette), and preventing and fixing
flats. Familiarize yourself with the common repair problems you might
encounter. This workshop is meant for people with little or no experience
with bike maintenance. There will be a demonstration bike to work on, but
you can bring your own if you like.
This workshop will be offered
twice, on April 27th and May 4th. Space is limited to 10 participants in
each class, so RSVP now!
April 27th, 6:30-8:00 &
May 4th, 6:30-8:00
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
Cost: $5 suggested donation
For Questions contact Noah at
Business Can Get in on the Economic
the Washington State Energy Summit: Leadership for a Clean and Efficient
Energy Future. Hosted by: Washington Community Trade and Economic
Development (CTED) on May 4, 2009 at the Washington State Convention &
Who should attend? Businesses interested in
applying for federal clean energy funds, policy makers, and
non-governmental organizations who want to know how the state can use ARRA
dollars as a catalyst for the transition to a clean energy
Play your part in shaping Washington's clean energy
economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers an
unprecedented opportunity to use federal "stimulus" funds to advance our
state's transition to a new clean energy economy.
Join your fellow
business and community leaders from around the state to learn the latest
about Recovery Act funding for clean energy programs.
Chris Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington
Rogers, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Weed, Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade &
Highlights of the full-day Washington State
Energy Summit include:
Up-to-date information on funding sources
and federal guidance. Networking and matchmaking opportunities for
prospective competitive grant proposal partners. Preview of the draft
State Energy Program (SEP) funding plan that will invest over $60 million
in state and local projects for the next two years.
Registration questions? Contact Linda Alongi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Employees Across the Lake
During the Bridge Closure
I-90 lane closures on the Homer Hadley Bridge (westbound
direction) are starting in May! Expect congestion…well, duh! There are
options and special offers for 'trans-lake' commuters, however.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working
with King County Metro to keep traffic moving. Here's WSDOT's offer to
commuters starting new King County Metro commuter van groups on routes
that routinely travel on I-405 or cross the I-90 or SR 520 bridges in
Free Metro vanpool fares or Metro vanshare fees
for three months for new groups who start between May 1, 2009 and July 1,
$20 MasterCard Gift Card to new registrants on
RideshareOnline.com or current registrants that go into the system and
request an updated ridematch.
Who is eligible?
- Commuters routinely commuting on I-405 or in either direction on the
I-90 or SR 520 bridges.
- Approved applicants who have completed the Metro online orientation
course by 5/15/09 and take delivery of their van by July 1, 2009.
- Commuters who have not participated in a public vanpool period in
the last 90 days.
DON'T DELAY! These rewards are only
available while funding lasts.
Keep moving this summer! Contact
Julie Paone at (206) 684-1529 or email@example.com for details.
I-90 Project information is available at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/HomerHadleyBridgeRepair/
Rideshare Incentive information is available at: http://www.rideshareonline.com/ridesharerewards/king.htm
Something for the
Tough economic times
are tough on for-profits without a doubt, but non-profits particularly
feel the pinch when their usual generous sponsors find the need to cut
back. Local youth projects in Georgetown and South Park have some specific
needs right now. Maybe you could lend a hand.
Opportunity Skyway Air Academy is a Seattle Public School
located at the north end of Boeing Field (6524 Ellis Ave S, 98109) that
combines education with hands-on learning in aviation manufacturing and
career exploration. Students divide their time between the classroom and
the shop where they build airplanes. OSAA's "wish list" currently includes
an air compressor, band saw blades, hand tools, a time card machine,
projector and first aid kits. If you can help out with these items, or
just want to learn more, contact Kjell Rye at firstname.lastname@example.org or
River City Skate Park is in final building
permit review with groundbreaking in the next four to six weeks. The park
will be located at 8th S and S Cloverdale in South Park, will be a free of
charge, public skate park providing all levels of skateboarding, from
street to bowls, beginner to expert. A number of local companies have
stepped forward to provide materials and services as in-kind or at-cost
contributions. Currently the project is looking for a source of steel pipe
and framing lumber. If you can help out with these items, or just want to
learn more, contact James Klinedinst at email@example.com or (206)