What We Do
The way Seattlites move is changing rapidly. You have so many options to get around the city and the Puget Sound region. You can walk or bike for shorter distances. You can get on a bus, ferry, Sounder train, Link Light Rail, and the Seattle Streetcar. You can drive your own car. You can hail a ride, reserve a car share vehicle, or join a carpool on the fly. Soon, there will be new, private dock-less bike share services, and our streets will see automated vehicles in the not too distant future.
Mobile apps help us find the best driving route or catch the right bus or bike the least hilly route. Mobile payment systems allow us to book any service and have it automatically charged to our credit cards or bank accounts.
New mobility are those emerging elements of our transportation system that are enabled by digital technology, shared, driven by real-time data, and often providing curb-to-curb transportation. It allows Seattleites to treat urban transportation as a customizable, on-demand service. They can book and pay for different transportation services as they go, based on what they need.
In the early decades of the 20th Century, Seattle adapted its streets and land uses to automotive technology instead of shaping it to serve our city and its people. Our approach to new mobility services and emerging mobility innovations in Seattle will be driven by the following:
Put People and Safety First
The public right-of-way is our most valuable and most flexible public space. Our streets should prioritize access for people, amplifying the role and value of walking, biking, and transit in Seattle. We respect the desire to retain and use privately owned vehicles but will continue to manage the transportation system to move people and goods safely and efficiently. Safety is paramount, no matter how you get around Seattle. Our streets should be comfortable and intuitive for our most vulnerable travelers (people walking and biking). Shared, automated, and other new mobility models should not only advance our Vision Zero safety goals, they should also maintain consumer protections.
Design for Customer Dignity and Happiness
Transportation happiness is a key indicator of the 21st century Seattle Department of Transportation. We will not only simplify and enhance the user experience of public transit and new mobility services, we will also continue to promote a diversity of transportation choices. Dignified public transit and new mobility services must accommodate people with mobility impairments, non-traditional schedules, and families that need flexible mobility options.
Advance Race and Social Justice
Mobility, whether shared, public, private, or automated, is a fundamental human need. Everyone needs a barrier-free transportation system and affordable transportation options that are understandable and accessible to all who want to use them. New mobility models should also promote clean transportation and roll back systemic racial and social injustices borne by the transportation system.
Forge a Clean Mobility Future
We are committed to climate action. We will transition our transportation sector to one that furthers our climate goals and builds replicable models for the rest of the world. New mobility services should use clean energy and expand human-powered transportation.
Keep an Even Playing Field
Data infrastructure is foundational to understanding, operating, and planning in a constantly changing transportation system. Partnerships and a fair and flexible regulatory environment will nurture and expand new mobility ideas, companies, jobs, and workforce training.
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