[UPDATE 2: I received a link to this WSDOT document (pdf-see bottom of Page 3), which clearly depicts a highway with extensive bridge crossings. Perhaps not an “elevated viaduct”, but I believe McGinn’s point about not having so many crossings stands.]
Viaduct day continues on STB. This is getting really interesting.
Mike McGinn emailed me with the details of his plan, which is different from the WSDOT surface/transit plan. Key points:
- Halting the work on the viaduct between Holgate Street and Royal Brougham. [UPDATE: However, as commenter AGH points out, the current WSDOT plan is for this to be surface roadway. See also UPDATE 2 above.]
- Considerably more spending on buses and mitigation.
- Zeroing out the First Avenue Streetcar.
- $75m from making cheaper choices on city streets.
- The plan apparently does not include $500m for the Western Avenue couplet, although I have an email in to McGinn to confirm this.
The chart really lays out the differences more clearly, and is consistent with its own assumptions about what the State is willing to pay for. If I read it correctly, the $300m Port of Seattle contribution would no longer be necessary.
Also from the email:
The biggest savings is, of course, not spending 1.9 billion (plus) on the deep bore tunnel. But without a tunnel, we can reduce other costs on the Moving Forward projects.
Given the Metro funding crisis, I also don’t see financing a 1st Avenue Streetcar at this time. I see streetcar expansion and light rail expansion in the city as desirable when we improve transportation financing regionally and statewide.