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Seattle makes sidewalk closures during construction a last resort

The SDOT established a new rule Monday that makes closing sidewalks for construction a last resort. The new rule, called "Pedestrian Mobility Around Work Zones Director’s Rule," introduces new standards and practices for construction that will limit the need for sidewalk closures. This includes new standards for the types of materials that can be used and where they can be placed. Read More »

Seattle's South Lake Union receives transit system upgrade

In March 2016, improvements to the transit system in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood will begin, making travel to, from and within the neighborhood easier. Some of the changes being implemented by the Seattle DOT and King County Metro improve conditions as the transit stops, such as displays of accurate transit arrival times, new shelters and wider sidewalks. Read More »

New members needed for Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board opened its application process for several new members. There are currently four positions that are open to applicants. The board members themselves must be frequent pedestrians. Applicants must reside in various regions in Seattle. The goal of the board is to make Seattle a safe and easy city for pedestrians. Read More »

Safety emphasized at First Hill Streetcar Safety Day

The “First Hill Streetcar Safety Day" took place Thursday to emphasize safety features in Metro streetcars. The event was held at the Broadway & Denny, Occidental & Jackson and 14th & Washington streetcar stations. At the event, streetcar operators sat with stationary streetcars and people were encouraged to board the streetcars in order to see the new features. Read More »

New bus stop added for Seattle’s Third Avenue

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit have partnered to install a new bus stop at Third Avenue, where it connects to Union Street and Pike Street. The two stops will split the busiest bus stop in the area. The new stop sign will become effective Nov. 23. Approximately 25,000 people use the buses at this specific stop every day. Read More »

Seattle seeking feedback on Ballard light rail plan

Seattle's Department of Transportation and Department of Planning and Development will holdi an open house Nov. 18 to seek feedback about ongoing development as Sound Transit prepares for a new light rail line to Ballard. The departments are working with nonprofits and neighborhood groups to create a study recommending improvements for multimodal transportation in the area. Read More »

Seattle proposing new rules for closing sidewalks in work zones

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently proposed new rules for sidewalk closures in work zones. A revised Director’s Rule for Pedestrian Mobility in and Around Work Zones (SDOT DR 10-2015) places a stricter city review of requests to close sidewalks due to construction. The goal is to make Seattle’s sidewalks safer and easier for pedestrians. Read More »

Murray, SDOT propose new levy to fund Move Seattle effort

As part of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Move Seattle vision, Murray and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Scott Kubly recently released a draft proposal for a new levy called the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. Move Seattle is Murray’s 10-year transportation vision that integrates SDOT’s plans for transit, walking, biking and freight. Read More »