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With ST3 realignment looming, BRT and Center City Connector projects at stake, and an entire post-pandemic transit recovery to manage, NEW Seattle leadership from upcoming 2021 Mayoral election MUST deliver on critical transit investments for us to reach our 2030 climate change benchmarks, escape traffic misery, and equitably serve all people with public transit.

In response, Seattle Subway is hosting and Seattle Transit Blog is cosponsoring a virtual rapid transit forum TONIGHT, for the Mayor’s race, to understand the stances of candidates for mayor on a wide range of mass transit-related issues.

Mass transit only improves when we stay informed and elect good leadership. Thank you for your continued interest in doing your part to support progressive transit investment. Register for BOTH forums today at links below!

Seattle Subway Mayoral Forum, moderated by Erica C. Barnett
Cosponsored by Seattle Transit Blog

TODAY! Monday, June 21st, 7-8pm


Candidates (left to right): Andrew Grant Houston, Jessyn Farrell, CM Lorena Gonzalez, Lance Randall, Colleen Echohawk, Casey Sixkiller, Bruce Harrell

13 Replies to “YouTube LIVE FEED: STB’s & Seattle Subway’s Mayoral Forum”

  1. To me, lightning round yes-no questions perpetrate polarized mindsets. Because I worry about our politics being too polarized at all levels, I strongly condemn asking candidates lighting round questions.

  2. They didn’t record it? All that happens if one clicks the YouTube “Play” button is music for 30 minutes.

    1. I went to the Seattle Subway YouTube channel last night.

      It was in two parts. The first part had about 30 minutes of nothing but an info slide — and then it started. The first video then abruptly stopped — and the second video picked up where the first one stopped .

      It would probably be best if the videos were combined and the early dead portion was deleted.

    2. The Zoom meeting wasn’t like that. There was a warning beforehand that it was being recorded, and it was one continuous hour. Erica the moderator had trouble hearing responses a couple times, which she blamed on her own Internet connection. I didn’t have any problems hearing or seeing the content, but the process had more technical disruptions than usual for a candidates’ forum. The producers may need to put more attention into that in future forums.

    3. Thanks, folks. That 30 minutes of paint drying was definitely ” must-see-TV”. NOT! ;-)

  3. Did anyone explain why transit use hasn’t rebounded nearly as strongly here vs. other US metros?

    1. WFH + UW mostly remote + people discovering biking is a legitimate mode of transportation.

      1. I can think of several theories. People being more conservative than other states in opening back offices. Or a lower drop-off in April, so a higher baseline.

      2. Seattle has higher per capita transit ridership than most cities. A lot of that ridership consists of professionals heading downtown to higher paying jobs. Those employers are still offering WFH and benefits like free free DT parking.

        It is an unfortunate commentary on our society, but less affluent workers have fewer options available to them, and they aren’t offered benefits like free DT parking. Thus cities where transit ridership is mainly driven by less affluent riders will naturally see a quicker rebound in ridership.

        In Seattle many of the higher end employers are targeting late summer or early fall for phasing out WFH and other CV-19 benefits for their employees. That is when you will start to see a bigger rebound in Seattle’s ridership numbers.

        Also, DT Seattle real estate is booming again. More office space is under contract now than was under contract before the pandemic. Those offices will be filled, so expect a big increase in ridership.

        Also, with NG Link coming online in October there will be another increase in ridership.

      3. @asdf2,

        You are correct. Washington is one of the very last states to go to 100% open (scheduled for end of June), so of course we will be one of the last states to see a return to “normal” in metrics like transit ridership.

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