Mayor McGinn's statement on Council's transportation spending announcement
"I thank the City Council for re-affirming their support for Eastlake as a priority transit corridor in Seattle and agreeing to accelerate the high-capacity transit study for Eastlake so that we can start working this year. Today's funding announcement aligns with Council's unanimous vote last summer to adopt our updated Transit Master Plan, which identifies Eastlake as a priority corridor. I appreciate the opportunity to work with Council and the community to expand the scope of the transportation planning to include more near-term improvements for Eastlake buses, evaluate parking demand in Eastlake and other neighborhood transportation improvements. I also thank Council for adopting my proposals for road safety improvements around Seattle.
While I am disappointed that Council chose not to leverage our partnership with Sound Transit now to expedite the planning work for a new multi-modal Ship Canal crossing, I will continue to work with councilmembers to include funding for this important project in our 2014-15 budget so that we do not miss out on possible capital funding sources like Sound Transit III."
- Mayor Mike McGinn
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