I’m a little busy at work to write posts for these, but here’s a lot of information if you’re interested.

  • There’s a forum tomorrow by City Council members Jan Drago and Sally Clark to create ideas on how the city can become a better place for scooters. Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall at 600 Fourth Ave, 5:30-7:30. The Vespa Club of Seattle, the Mosquito Fleet, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Seattle Police Department and the Urban Mobility Group will be in attendence.
  • The Waterfront streetcar’s potential new home has had it’s design review decision appealed by the Pioner Square Preservation Board (very technical, I know). The statement form the builder, Urban Visions:

    Preliminary design for proposed new construction of an 11 story building at 130 feet with a rooftop amenity room, green roof and photo voltaic panels. The alley is proposed at 16 feet. Off street loading is proposed to be reduced from three to two. An oversized curb cut is proposed to accommodate trolley access. Five levels of parking above the first floor are internal to the building. Approval is requested for one retail unit over 3,000 square feet. Establish use in proposed new construction.

    • Ground level will contain two retail units for a total of 7, 560 with one retail unit over 3,000 square feet
    • the Streetcar Trolley Maintenance Facility of 13,425 square feet and the parking entrance and loading at 2,500 square feet
    • Second – Sixth level will contain a total of 142 parking stalls for a total of 55,630 square feet and 57 loft style apartments for a total of 58, 775 square feet
    • Seventh – Eleventh level will contain Class A office space for a total of 129, 925 square feet. Rooftop will contain a penthouse amenity room and garden

    The meeting will be 9 a.m. March 19 in Room L280 at Seattle City Hall. Mithun architects’ Jay Janette will discuss the design. I wonder what exactly they hope to preserve of the parking lot the building would be built in.

  • Everett wants nothing doing with streetcars, so says Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, who also sits on the Sound Transit board.

    Mayor Ray Stephanson wants to put the kibosh on any attempts to spend more city money on streetcar studies.

    City Council members disagree.

    The mayor’s stance comes three months after a feasibility study forecast the price tag for a five-mile streetcar line at more than $150 million. It would cost millions of dollars more each year to run the system.

    I guess this has nothing to do with the potential Everett streetcar that could be part of a future Sound Transit expansion. I think that a streetcar could be just the thing Everett needs, especially if they want to get a new UW campus. Even then, supposedly, UW won’t build a new campus without gauranteed money from the state, but I guess that’s a different topic for a different post.

  • I mentioned gas prices yesterday, and the Overhead Wire points out you work on Friday to pay for your car, if you drive that is…
  • State legistlators are questioning the state’s idea of paying sales tax on capital projects. It’s an interesting debate, since the state brings in $829mn in tax on those, but at least that much if not more is spent. Good way of getting 8.9% more out of your Sound Transit dollars…
  • The West Seattle Blog has info on the Viaduct Closures March 22-23.
  • Amtrak Cascades set an all-time ridership record in 2007: 676,670 riders, a 7.4 percent increase over 2006. Oddly, the press release came out in March; I guess their trains are faster than their press machine.

9 Replies to “Monday Transporation Round-Up”

  1. I do drive occasionally. I have a car, but it sits parked 6.5 days a week. I drive it mostly when my band is playing and I have to haul a bass, an amp, and other things.

    I actually drove to the meet-up saturday (which of course I got flack for) but I was carpooling with Will and Ben, so I wasn’t an SOV.

  2. Actually, it’s not surprising that Amtrak has a difficult time getting out positive data.

    It’s run by an executive branch that would love nothing more than to see the whole thing go away.

  3. Wasn’t Amtrak under water for a long spell, too? Couldn’t the ridership have been even higher without that drama?

  4. And man, that sucks about the Everett Streetcar. That line would have rocked to get off Sounder and hop on the Streetcar to Riverfront or Waterfront and even Downtown Everett.

    This would have been one of the few systems that really would have connected a central transit hub with a direct Downtown core and 2 centers that are undergoing a major redevelopment.

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