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Did you know that the City of Seattle has over 50 advisory boards and commissions? Over 300 citizen volunteers are appointed by the Mayor and Council to help shape policy and provide input to City leaders on important issues within the City. As Chair of the Transportation Committee, I work closely with members of a number of transportation-related boards and commissions in Seattle, several of which currently have openings.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about an opportunity to join the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee.

This week, I want to highlight several vacancies on the Seattle Freight Advisory Board (SFAB). The SFAB was created by the Seattle City Council in 2010 and will play an important role in developing Seattle’s upcoming Freight Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on the development of a functional and efficient freight system, and on all matters related to freight and the impact that actions by the City may have on the freight environment. If you or someone you know is interested in serving, more information can be found on the SFAB website. The deadline to apply has just been extended to May 8.

I additionally want to highlight several vacancies at another important transportation commission, this one at the County level. The King County Transit Advisory Commission improves transit services, planning, and programs by advising Metro’s staff members and general manager, the King County Executive and Council, local jurisdictions, and subarea transportation boards concerning transit policy issues.

As Metro grapples with implementing a 16% reduction in service hours due to the rejection of Proposition 1, the work of this commission will be more important than ever. More information on the Transit Advisory Commission and how to apply can be found on the Commission’s website.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have an interest in helping serve our City or would like more information on any of our boards and commissions.