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Funding the Plan

Pedestrians crossing intersectionThe Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has funding to begin implementing the Pedestrian Master Plan, although the level of current funding does not approach the need identified in the plan. By leveraging investments from other City departments as well as from other public and private sources, the funding available for plan implementation may increase.

The funding ranges provided below are based on “Bridging the Gap” dollars, as well as select line items from the City of Seattle’s General Fund, from 2009 to 2014. It is important to note that many SDOT programs perform services related to the pedestrian environment. For example, SDOT Street Maintenance provides sidewalk maintenance, and the SDOT Pedestrian Program designs and constructs new sidewalks, curb ramps, and crosswalks. The programs from which the funding numbers below come are not always expressly FOR pedestrians; the programs benefit the pedestrian system (and include things like signals, signs, and trails).

Total Available Funding (2009-2014): $60-72 million ($10-12 million per year)

Maintenance (e.g., sidewalk repair, crosswalk re-striping): $17-23 million ($3-3.8 million per year)

New Infrastructure (e.g., sidewalks, signals, curb ramps): $43-$49 million ($7-8 million per year)

Assuming availability of only the secure Bridging the Gap levy funding ($60 million), SDOT would have $41 million for new infrastructure and $19 million for maintenance. This level of investment would allow SDOT to complete only a small percentage of the highest priority improvements (Top Scoring Along and Across the Roadway Opportunities in High Priority Areas). However, additional improvements are likely to occur through private development and through other public and private resources that may be leveraged. Follow the link for additional information about public and private Funding Sources.

As part of the annual budget process, the City will determine the level of funding allocated for implementation of the Pedestrian Master Plan and the level of funding for the different pedestrian-related programs. The City has been allocating a minimum of $10 million per year and intends to continue to do so in 2010, with the City striving to increase this to a minimum of $15 million per year and identify a dedicated funding source for implementation of the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan.

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