Anne Fennessy, part of the political team to rescue beleaguered Sound Transit back in the early 2000s, has been hired by Mayor Jenny Durkan in a four-year $720,000 consulting contract to represent Seattle, as local politicians hash out the multibillion dollar light-rail alignment for future Ballard, downtown and West Seattle corridors. Fennessy will work under a sole-source, no-bid agreement signed with the mayor’s office. Four other candidates, all local, were interviewed, a mayor’s spokesman said. Durkan and Fennessy have known each other since the 1990s when both worked for then-Gov. Mike Lowry. Fennessy is married to David Moseley, one of Durkan’s deputy mayors and the former head of Washington State Ferries. At present, the city and giant agency are slogging through a five-step process to decide where to put train tracks through neighborhoods in the ST3 plan voters passed two years ago. The Seattle corridors, estimated at $6 billion in 2014 dollars, include a … [Read more...] about Durkan grants longtime associate a $720,000 no-bid contract to steer Seattle’s light-rail planning
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Sound Transit looked deeper into the light-rail tunnels and bridges that neighborhoods from Ballard to West Seattle requested since the 2016 election that approved transit expansion, and the numbers are breathtaking. Some proposed routes would add more than $300 million. A few would add years of delay — the most extreme a tunnel through two ridges to reach West Seattle Junction. That could cost $1.2 billion more than the proposed elevated track. It’s been almost two years since voters approved property-tax, car-tab and sales-tax increases to pay for the Sound Transit 3 plan of eight regional rail extensions and two bus rapid-transit lines. Proposed ST3 routes Sound Transit will display and discuss its preliminary findings about new light-rail routes at these at neighborhood forums: West Seattle: Sept. 8, 9-11:30 a.m., Seattle Lutheran High School, 4100 S.W. Genesee St. Downtown, Sodo: Sept. 11, 5:30-8 p.m., Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St. Ballard, Interbay: Sept. 17, … [Read more...] about New options for Seattle light-rail routes could add big dollars to expansion project
The Trump administration’s immigration policies have fueled rumors in recent weeks that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been seen at Sound Transit stations, prompting Seattle officials to assure social media that the reports were false. A photograph taken June 10 by Assistant Federal Public Defender Ann Wagner reinforced the Twitter rumors after she posted it to a viral thread of tweets that circulated on July 14. The photograph shows a Sound Transit security guard at the Capitol Hill light-rail station with an ICE logo on a card visible in a window on his duffel bag. “I don’t know whether there was an enforcement action or not,” said Wagner, who emphasized she was speaking as a private citizen and not representing the defender’s office. She was waiting for a bus with her infant when she saw the officer standing at an employee’s gate. “I’m interested to know what this guy was doing with an ICE bag,” she … [Read more...] about Photo of security guard with ICE card at Seattle light-rail station baffles Sound Transit, immigration agency
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Is Nashville dense enough for a light rail transit system? The city’s transit planners say density is just one factor in ridership projections and that transit will encourage new development. We talked to national experts to help answer your questions. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 3 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Mike Reicher, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 7:00 a.m. CT April 29, 2018 CLOSE jeff obafemi carr delivers closing arguments against the Nashville transit plan during a debate held on April 10. Ayrika L … [Read more...] about Is Nashville dense enough for a light rail transit system?
Sound Transit light rail has no gateways or rotating turnstiles to access the trains. Just tap a card reader and board the car. The agency relies on a proof-of-payment fare system, where passengers scan their cards at a detector and fare-enforcement officers conduct periodic sweeps to check rider compliance. Yet for newcomers and longtime residents alike, a question persists: Why don’t they have turnstiles? Traffic Lab is a Seattle Times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to easing gridlock, and helps readers find the best ways to get around. It is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, Sabey Corp., Seattle Children’s hospital and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Seattle Times editors and reporters operate independently of our funders and maintain editorial control over Traffic Lab content. Learn more about Traffic Lab … [Read more...] about Why Sound Transit doesn’t use turnstiles at light-rail stations