Public transit opens doors to economic opportunity, healthy communities, and reduced environmental impact. Our city’s transportation systems are not keeping up with growing demand. Although we have laid a foundation for increased mass transit, and improved walkability and cycling options, unfortunately we are several decades behind where we need to be in our city.
Seattle has an opportunity to create a comprehensive transit system where public transportation is integrated into our neighborhoods and encouraged in our communities. Getting around Seattle should be reliable, safe, equitable, and affordable—and it shouldn’t require driving a car. Seattle should be a city where every part of the journey is accessible no matter the starting point or final destination.
These are some of the actions Seattle must further take to create a more complete transit system:
- Make community input a key component of planning what light rail in District 6 will look like and where it will ultimately be located, and we must work to expedite the opening of Ballard Light Rail;
- Target transit service investments to Seattle neighborhoods that are currently hard to get to and transit-dependent;
- Improve road maintenance to improve safety for buses, cars, and bikes and improve sidewalks and crosswalks to protect pedestrian safety;
- Complete key bike network and neighborhood connections so bike lanes connect communities to the city, not displace or disrupt neighborhoods;
- Prioritize investments that make it easier to walk and bike to transit – targeting the first-mile/last-mile challenge;
- Listen and be responsive to our residents with disabilities so our public transportation is accessible;
- Ensure new plans don’t mistakenly penalize individuals who need to use cars to travel.
Growing our extensive, innovative, and multimodal transit system will create a Seattle where everyone can get safely, reliably, and affordably where they need to go.