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Substantial Changes for Move Seattle Plan

The reality of the Move Seattle is proving to be much less robust than the vision promised to voters who approved the $930 million levy in 2015.
December 4, 2018, 10am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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David Gutman reports on changes to the workplan for the Move Seattle levy. The problem, in its essence: the plan overpromised and now it's going to under deliver.

You’re getting the new sidewalks that were promised. And the safety improvements in school zones, along with bridge repairs, seismic retrofits and spot fixes to help trucks and freight move through the city.

But you’re not getting all the miles of repaved streets that were listed in the Move Seattle levy. And instead of seven new RapidRide bus lines, three, maybe four, will be built, with lesser improvements to the other promised lines. And as for ever-contentious bike lanes? Maybe half the miles that were promised are now expected, although it’s still not clear where.

Gutman is reporting on changes to the Move Seattle plan after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) spent the past year recalibrating expectations for the $930 million levy. A lot more details about the changes included in the "Levy to Move Seattle Workplan Report" are included in the article.

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Published on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in The Seattle Times
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