- Toll lanes successful ($) in providing a congestion-free commute; it turns out people value their time, and transit benefits. So of course some legislators want to repeal them, partly because almost 25,000 people have signed a petition to end the tolls and restore HOV 3+ to HOV 2+.
- Growth advocates accuse Mike O’Brien of introducing a neighborhood veto into upzones of the existing HALA bargain, at least allowing them to change the upzones from “zone-wide” to something more uneven.
- SDOT rolls out project list to get South Lake Union ready for the C Line.
- The Urbanist wants to move the Green Line down to Denny St.
- Uber and Lyft drivers can unionize in Seattle, pending inevitable lawsuits. Legislation passes 8-0 (Bagshaw absent), Mayoral signature both irrelevant and not forthcoming.
- Shoreline City Council discusses Metro’s long range plan for the city (video starts at 59:00).
- Mercer Island does the right thing, rejects ban on dividing lots ($).
- Uncharacteristically informative Seattle Times editorial ($) asks questions about the Convention Place deal: is it a good one financially for Metro?
- The Everett Herald argues forcefully for Link to Paine Field.
This is an open thread.