- Sam Zimbabwe is confirmed as SDOT director. Nice profile from newly installed Times transportation reporter Heidi Groover.
- The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program is finally going to pass council. Extra huzzahs to CMs Mosqueda, Juarez, and González for not backing down on the up-zones.
- Meanwhile, Oregon is getting really ambitious about zoning near transit
- Audit report says Metro’s reliability is good, customer communications could be improved
- Automated bus lane enforcement now out of the transportation committee
- The Onion takes on congestion pricing
- Hong Kong is redeveloping a golf course for affordable housing. If only Seattle had some golf courses near transit stations…
- Jarrett on the relationship between transit and zoning
- Replacing the Magnolia bridge will be expensive and contentious
- On a totally unrelated note, Seattle’s carbon emissions keep rising
- ADU reform is advancing in Olympia
- Mike Maddux on scooters
- No matter how you slice it, tunneling to West Seattle will be expensive
- Transit advocate Abigail Doerr is running for KC Council
- Massive bureaucratic re-org proposed for New York’s MTA, includes congestion pricing revenue
Reminder: Meetup on Monday @ Big Time Brewery
Durkan asks FTA for Chinatown/International District comment extension
Yesterday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan petitioned the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to extend the environmental impact statement (EIS) scoping period for the West Seattle-Ballard Link extension by 15 days, in order to solicit more comment on the planned second Chinatown/International District (CID) station.
Durkan’s request is a result of lobbying from CID community leaders. Under present plans, the EIS scoping period will end on March 18.
“We are supportive of the request by residents, civic, and business leaders of the Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods for a scoping extension for gathering comments for the [West Seattle-Ballard] project,” Durkan wrote in a letter to the FTA’s regional administrator, Linda Gehrke.