White and blue double-decker bus in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging

In-ground induction chargers will reduce the cost of the charging network.

February 21, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

An adult man, stopped on a Seattle, Washington street corner, preparing for a rainy morning bike commute.

Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy

A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.

February 19, 2024 - The Urbanist

View of Seattle skyline on clear sunny day with Space Needle on left and Mount Rainier in the background.

Seattle to Host 2024 Urban Parks Conference

In June 2024, City Parks Alliance, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, will hold the Greater & Greener conference, which will include a mix of indoor sessions and outdoor experiences focusing on urban parks.

December 27, 2023 - City Parks Alliance

View of multistory buildings under construction in downtown Seattle, Washington with Space Needle and Mount Rainier in background.

Seattle Passes Building Emissions Law

The law calls for buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050.

December 25, 2023 - Governing

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Aerial Cable Cars as Urban Transport

While often thought of as only for tourists in mountain areas, aerial cable cars have proven to be effective in providing transportation in urban areas, such as across rivers in New York City and freeways in Portland.

December 8, 2023 - World Transport Policy and Practice

Green painted bike lane on street next to modern mid-rise apartment buildings in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle’s Bike Infrastructure Hamstrings Growth

Design standards that call for minimal road space allocated to bikes are limiting the growth of cycling in the city.

December 4, 2023 - The Urbanist

View of downtown Seattle with construction cranes and cloudy sky as seen from top of Space Needle.

Seattle Council Rejects Transportation Impact Fee

Councilmembers who opposed the proposal say the fee would have slowed housing development and raised housing costs.

November 28, 2023 - The Registry

Close-up of carved Seattle City Hall title on front of concrete buildin next to staircase.

Seattle Makes Historic Affordable Housing Investment

While the 2024 budget plan invests in housing and social programs, city leaders warn the city will face a shortfall of almost $250 million in 2025.

November 24, 2023 - Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

View of Seattle skyline with houses in foreground

Seattle Passes New Housing Levy

The measure will bring roughly $1 billion to the city’s affordable housing efforts.

November 9, 2023 - The Seattle Times

Sound Transit

Sound Transit to Start Enforcing Fare Violations This Month

After two warnings, riders who fail to show proof of payment can be issued fines.

November 5, 2023 - Mass Transit

Mount Rainier

Opinion: Voters Deserve to See the Draft ‘One Seattle’ Plan

Despite a promise to release a draft comprehensive plan update in April and with elections in less than a week, Seattle residents are still waiting to see the city’s proposal for how to guide development in the next decades.

November 1, 2023 - The Stranger

White and blue Sound Transit light rail train on elevated rail in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Needs More Railcars

Sound Transit needs more cars to accommodate its ridership, particularly during special events and peak times.

October 31, 2023 - The Seattle Times

Pike Place Market in Seattle at twilight with neon market sign and cars passing through.

Pike Place Market Vendors Open to Pedestrianization

A survey of local business owners and vendors upends the common belief that frontline workers don’t support restricting vehicle access to the iconic Seattle market.

October 13, 2023 - The Urbanist

Electric bike lane sweeping truck

Seattle Introduces Electric Bike Lane Sweeper

The city will test the efficacy and durability of an electric bike lane sweeper during a six-month pilot program.

October 5, 2023 - Momentum Magazine

View of downtown Seattle with Space Needle and mountains in background

Seattle Passes Downtown Zoning Reforms

The changes, part of the mayor’s Downtown Activation Plan, make way for more residential development in the city’s downtown core.

October 2, 2023 - The Urbanist

Downtown Seattle street with high-rise buildings.

Could an ‘Urban Innovation Lab’ Spur Downtown Revitalization?

In his fifth article for GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe asks whether an onsite “living lab” could spur more entrepreneurship and impact downtown regeneration in Seattle.

October 1, 2023 - GeekWire

Sidewalk in Seattle with yellow fall leaves on the ground and cars parked next to the curb.

Proposal Could Mandate Sidewalks as Part of Seattle Complete Streets

Almost a third of the city’s neighborhood streets lack sidewalks.

September 24, 2023 - The Urbanist

View of downtown Seattle with Space Needle and mountains in background

Transportation Impact Fee Proposal Resurfaces in Seattle

Charging developers for improving local infrastructure impacted by their projects could boost transportation revenue, but permit applications in the city are slowing down.

September 18, 2023 - The Urbanist

AI generated image of a greenway and transit corridor.

Seattle Releases Draft 20-Year Transportation Plan

The draft Seattle Transportation Plan proposes an ambitious agenda for the next 20 years of transportation planning in the city of Seattle.

August 30, 2023 - The Urbanist

A map of a planned high-speed rail connecting Portland to Seattle and Vancouver.

Cascadia High-Speed Rail Corridor Seeking Federal Funding

The state of Washington is hoping federal infrastructure funding can pay for $198 million of the $348 million necessary to plan the Cascadia High-Speed Rail project.

August 23, 2023 - The Seattle Times

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