Seattle City Council
4/30/2004 4:02:00 PM
Jeannine Souki (206) 684-8807
GODDEN OFFERS MONORAIL AMENDMENT
Alternative distances monorail from Second Ave. buildings, preserves bike lane
SEATTLE -Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden on Monday will introduce an amendment instructing the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Light and the Seattle Monorail Project to explore an alternative to the Green Line segment along Second Avenue.
"My hope is that we can preserve the bike lane and gain some distance from Second Avenue property lines," said Godden. "I've been looking closely at this alignment and feel strongly that we should explore options that make the most efficient use of Second Avenue, while preserving the bike lane."
The amendment calls for consideration and possible crafting of an alternative along Second Avenue that would place monorail trains at least 14 feet from the property line and preserves a bus lane, three traffic lanes and a bike lane, in a configuration acceptable to SDOT. Such an alternative will require the coordination of SDOT, SCL and SMP due to potential transportation and electrical utility impacts. If passed, the amendment will require the agencies to report to the Council on a route configuration by June 1.
"The options we have seen either place the alignment too close to buildings along Second Avenue or eliminate the bike lane," Godden added. "I think we should look at a solution that reconfigures the street lanes to accomplish both objectives."
Godden will offer the amendment at the Council's Committee of the Whole meeting on the Green Line monorail alignment and station locations at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3. The full Council is expected to take a final vote on the monorail alignment on June 14.
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