Seattle Children’s is spending $4m on local transportation improvements, and is holding a workshop on Saturday to gather community input. Below is a note from Paulo Nunes-Ueno, transportation director of Seattle Children’s:

Seattle Children’s Hospital and our co- sponsors invite you to the Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Workshop on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Gould Hall. Seattle Children’s has committed to spend nearly $4 million on transportation improvements in Northeast Seattle, and we need your help envisioning potential projects.

What is a Livable Street? The November 13th Workshop is an opportunity to brainstorm what a Livable Street can be. Your input will help shape projects such as:

  • Streets where everyone, from children to senior citizens, feels safe walking and biking to transit, work, schools, shops, and community centers
  • Improvements that make accessing and using transit simple, fast, and welcoming
  • Road designs that make traffic safer and more predictable
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems on arterials that provide real-time congestion and travel time information to drivers and transit providers

Why is Seattle Children’s investing in Livable Streets? At Seattle Children’s our mission is to “prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.”  With the help of our neighbors and supporters throughout the region, Children’s has developed an expansion plan that will allow our Northeast Seattle campus to grow in size, to accommodate state-of-the-art equipment and 250 new beds that will enable Children’s to treat more kids and fight challenging chronic diseases.

At the same time, we recognize there is a vital link between the built environment and our health. The work of researchers like Seattle Children’s Brian Saelens highlight how land use, transportation systems, and urban design impact health outcomes such as obesity, asthma, and injury. We also know that driving less is a key part of the solution to the world’s climate crisis.

Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Initiative is designed to mitigate our traffic impacts while at the same time improve our streets, making them safer and healthier for everyone.

How will Seattle Children’s invest these transportation dollars? There are three distinct funds that make up the Livable Streets Initiative: 1) $2M for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, 2) $0.5M for Intelligent Transportation Systems on the NE 45th Street, Montlake and Sand Point Way corridors and 3) $1.4M for safety and corridor improvement projects called out in Children’s EIS, which largely comes from the University Area Transportation Study.

Livable Streets not only support all transportation modes, but also contribute to the well-being of our families, neighborhoods, and the planet. Help us make Livable Streets a reality. Bring your good ideas to the Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Workshop on November 13th at Gould Hall in the University of Washington Campus.

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14 Replies to “Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Workshop”

  1. I wonder if it would be apropos to have a transit center on or near campus? There are not nearly enough bus routes that go near Children’s – only the 75, isn’t it?

    This is an extremely important hospital resource for not just children in the Puget Sound region but also across a four state area of Alaska, Idaho, Montana as well as Washington State.

      1. Thanks – that was the one I was thinking of. The 75 is to Lake City isn’t it? I am not sure if that goes near Children’s. Either way, I don’t think there are more than two lines that go either by or near the hospital and that is a shame.

      2. Yep, found via a search (p 106 toward the very end):

        “Public transit and shuttle Buses
        The Master Plan would allow for the development of a high-quality transit center on both sides of Sand Point Way NE at 40th Avenue NE, in front of the hospital and the Hartmann property. Currently, there are no shelters at the transit stops in this location and the crossing is extremely dangerous, forcing some transit riders to dart across four lanes of traffic to reach their destination.
        The transit center would bring benefit to the surrounding community as well as provide easy access for commuters and visitors to the hospital’s “front door” on 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE. The transit center would be served by a safe and attractive covered waiting area for both public transit and shuttles.
        Four to six bays, two to three on each side of Sand Point Way NE, would create a welcoming and dry location for neighborhood commuters and Children’s staff to catch transit and shuttles. Coordination with Metro would occur to design the transit stops.”

        The 75 runs fairly frequently due to the service partnership funding and should actually be a pretty nice way to transfer to UW Station for commuters.

  2. Hmm… Sand Point is quite wide, you could almost run a streetcar from the LINK station at Husky Stadium out to Sand Point/Magnuson and onto Lake City…

    nah… that’s crazy talk.

    1. While a streetcar would be really cool, the 75 works really well. I wish it were a bit more frequent (though it has improved markedly) and ran later in the evening, but that’s a different conversation. Sandpoint gets extremely narrow at 74th St. Right now, I just wish they would figure out a way to put sidewalks up that way. That would mean taking back the city ROW from encroaching landowners, however. Always a sticky sitch.

      As an aside, I saw a transit planning map from the 1930s in a book I have. The had a subway route mapped out right out under Sandpoint Way all the way up to Bothell. How cool would that have been. We’ve been procrastinating on transit for a long time!

      1. I’ll have to look around for it on the shelves to give you a title – some wonky library book my wife found for me at the FOL sale with lots of cool old maps and pictures of the Seattle of yesteryear.

      2. Public Works in Seattle
        A Narrative History
        The Engineering Department

        Written in 1978.

        There’s a map of Seattle which accompanied a report of Municipal Plans Commission, 1911 near the front.

        The legend has a “Rapid Transit” section split into 3 sections: “Surface, Elevated and Subway”.

        The Line is a subway as it goes by the current site of Childrens, though it’s labeled a surface line as it passes below my house, along the Burke around 125th. Not sure when it comes out from the earth.

        125th didn’t exist yet, but the proposed highway cut diagonally from around 95th up the Thornton creek bed all the way over to Edmonds.

        Very cool map. Anyone know of it online?

        Wait! Here we go. Not the same map, but close:

  3. I just hope the 25 and 75 are among the privileged routes to stop within less than a minute’s walking distance of the UW Station elevators. Interlining them for better frequency to Children’s, and then splitting off, would be a bonus.

  4. Thanks for the interesting discussion. @Tim and David: the 75 is our workhorse route though the 25 does terminate at the hospital. Both routes are part of Children’s Transit Now partnership with Metro–the first such partnership in fact–and benefit from a combined additional 63 trips a day due to the partnership funding.

    But really, it is not nearly enough transit to support a hospital of our size let alone to support the growth that we will experience. We run shuttles all day every 15 minutes to downtown and the U-District which expand the reach of transit to our campus. Nevertheless, I’d like to second the sentiment that we need more public transit. We are committed to building a campus that makes biking, walking and transit the best way to get there and we made 30% SOV our target at buildout. But we need the service to support that vision.

    @Joshuadf: As part of our development, Children’s is indeed planning a transit center on either side of SPW–thanks for posting that quote for our masterplan. Our phase 1 will open in early 2013 and with it will come an interesting opportunity because the hospital is also installing a signal at 40th/SPW. This will make it possible for buses to travel SB on 40th AVE NE and turn South AND North onto SPW.

    Also @Joshuadf: I agree that the 75 can make a great connection to UW station. Reliability on SB montlake needs to be fixed first. UATS has a southbound HOV lane on Montlake project that may do just that. NE Seattle as whole from North Gate and all along the Sand Point Way Corridor would have a connection to Link at UW station.

    @Biliruben: Back to the future! I think one of the rail lines Seattle needs to seriously consider is Magnuson Park to Ballard via Children’s, U.Village, UW Roosevelt Station, Wallingford and Fremont. An east-west line that connects major employment centers (Children’s, UW) to the densest in-city neighborhood in the north end…

    I hope to see you all at the workshop this Saturday.

  5. Mentioning the 1930’s ‘book’ of transit…. Where do you think the Burke-Gilman trail came from?? It was a railroad in my childhood, although there hadn’t been trains on it for over a decade. Same with the ‘trail’ near Ballard, all the way up through Shoreline… that was the ‘Inter-urban’! Last I heard the railroad in Bellevue was being decided whether it will become a bike trail or a ‘elevated subway’…. it’s a hard call. But wouldn’t that be wonderful to see rapid transit back on these trails? It depends what fuels them, figuratively and otherwise.

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