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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Statements by Mayor, City Attorney on curb ramps lawsuit

10/8/2015  2:30:00 PM
Viet Shelton, Mayor's Office, (206) 684-3952
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

Responding to the federal lawsuit filed today by Disability Rights of Washington, City Attorney Pete Holmes said: “The City takes its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act very seriously, as evidenced by the ongoing efforts both in the past and currently being made by SDOT and the many months our attorneys have spent in negotiations with Disability Rights of Washington. We’re confident our record will prove persuasive.”

Mayor Ed Murray said, “Seattle continues to be committed to building a sustainable and inclusive city where everyone has access to their own community. This means that we must make our streets and sidewalks safe and accessible for all. This is a critical component of my Move Seattle strategy, which is an integrated vision to build a transportation system that works for everyone and assures full access to all of the City's programs and services. I remain committed to our ongoing efforts to increase our investments in accessibility improvements and curb ramp construction throughout the city.

“The City currently invests significantly more per capita on curb ramps than other major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, in some cases by as many as 3 times over. In 2015 alone, we are scheduled to install over 1,300 curb ramps – more than the 1,200 that San Francisco is expected to install. Regardless of the outcome of this suit, Seattle will continue – through our many programs such as Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian Master Plan – our ambitious efforts to build a safe city accessible to all.”

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