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New bus service coming to Seattle starting in June

On Tuesday, February 16 the City Council will vote on an agreement with King County Metro to add 225,000 hours of new bus service in Seattle during 2015. The funding comes thanks to Seattle voters’ approval of Proposition 1 last year. The increases will come online in June and September. Service will be increased to […]

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January City Inside/Out: Council Edition

Earlier this month I joined Councilmembers Bagshaw and O’Brien and host Brian Callanan on the Seattle Channel to talk about Bertha, encampments and public safety issues. You can watch the video below.

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The Year in Review: Oh the Places We’ve Been and the Path We’re on for 2015!

Thank you so much for helping make 2014 such a powerful year.  It is no secret how much I love this city and my job, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments we are achieving together.  It is an enormous privilege to represent you on City Council. I would like to share with […]

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December Council Edition

The December episode of Council Edition is available online. Councilmembers Godden, Harrell and I join host Brian Callanan to discuss Downtown protests, the Viaduct, medical marijuana, cleaning up the Duwamish river, and more.

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Thank You Seattle Voters!

I woke up this morning proud that I live in Seattle. Thank you Seattle voters for voting to protect public safety by requiring criminal background checks on gun transactions, to invest in transit, and to improve access to quality preschool for the children in our city.  Thanks especially to all who worked on these successful campaigns […]

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Poetry on Buses

The next time you’re crammed into an overcrowded bus, there may be poetry on board to help pass the time.

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40 Years of Street Musicians

It wasn’t until 40 years ago that Seattle street musicians could collect donations for their performances.

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Federal Transportation Dollars Approved for Seattle Projects

City of Seattle

Mayor Ed Murray
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Federal Transportation Dollars Approved for Seattle Projects

SEATTLE – Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced today that The Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board approved over $27,000,000 in Federal transportation dollars for an array of transportation purposes in Seattle.  Projects that will be funded include basic road maintenance, bicycle lanes and extending the First Hill Street Car on Broadway north to Roy Street.  Mayor Ed Murray, and Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Bruce Harrell and Tim Burgess represent Seattle on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Executive Board.

“Thank you to the PSRC for these project grants. The areas funded will have a direct impact on our transportation system, and I look forward to using the funding to increase mobility and keep Seattle moving,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

“If there are federal dollars available for local transportation projects, I’m going to work hard to send those dollars to Seattle,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. “We have some exciting opportunities to repair and maintain our roads, create safer bicycle routes and improve transit services.”

PSRC receives federal funds from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, to be allocated to state and local jurisdictions. Funds are awarded via a competitive application process every two to three years.

Summary of City of Seattle Projects Recommended for Funding:

  • $200,000 for Route 48 Electrification (23rd Avenue)  (design only)
  • $2,627,528 for Center City Gateway ITS (Next Generation ITS)
  • $8,500,000 for Broadway Streetcar Extension

Countywide, Large Jurisdiction

  • $1,383,000 for Michigan St ITS (Next Generation ITS)
  • $4,300,000 for Center City Protected Bike Lanes, Phase I (2nd Ave and/or 4th Ave)

Countywide, Non-motorized

  • $700,000 for Center City Protected Bike Lanes, Phase I (2nd Ave and/or 4th Ave)
  • $800,000 for 7th Ave Protected Bike Lanes
  • $397,900 for Low-Income Access to Bike Share Network

Countywide, Preservation

  • $1,500,000 for Renton Ave
  • $1,500,000 for Roosevelt Ave


  • $1,500,000 for Broadway Streetcar Extension
  • $4,383,799 “earned share” (aka “formula”) operations and maintenance funds (SLU streetcar, Monorail)

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The Rapid Evolution of Transportation

New technologies are revolutionizing transportation in Seattle and elsewhere. It is becoming easier and easier to live, work, shop, learn and play in the city without owning a car, a change that makes Seattle more affordable as car ownership carries…

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UP #354: Should we build rail on First Avenue downtown?

This past Monday, the Council granted my request to delay voting on Resolution 31526, relating to the proposed Center City Connector (CCC) street rail project slated for First Avenue. The resolution would have both adopted the City Connector Transit Study Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and would have endorsed efforts to pursue federal funding for the […]

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