Thank you to the dozens of passionate transportation advocates who joined us in City Council chambers Wednesday to urge a ballot measure reflecting the full recommendations of CTAC III!
A brief Cliff’s Notes version of the story: around two years ago we helped form Streets For All Seattle, a coalition of more than 60 organizations in who share the belief that now is the time to make long-needed investments in transit, bicycling and walking in Seattle. Streets For All successfully advocated for the creation of a Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, which recently released its recommendations for the full utilization of Vehicle License Fee limits allowed under state law. Their proposal is an exciting vision of transportation investments for a less car-dependent and more mobile, sustainable, equitable future.
Now it is up to Seattle City Council, scheduled to vote on the issue this coming Tuesday. They need to hear from you before they make their decision, so email them now and urge them, one more time, to get this exciting package of transportation investments on the November ballot.
Email Councilmembers now, and then take a deep breath and consider what Streets for All Seattle has accomplished so far.
For more, check out:
- Tweets from the Transportation Benefit District board (AKA City Council) meeting
- MyNorthwest.com: “Overwhelming support for Seattle car tab fee”
- Councilmember Tim Burgess’ Survey
- Seattle Transit Blog analysis of the proposal
- Seattle Planning Commission letter of support for CTAC III’s proposal
Nate was born and raised at the intersection of Seattle’s Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. He earned his BA in History from Western Washington University but it was a summer in New York City that sparked a passion for urban planning, livability, development and transportation issues. He volunteered with the Downtown Renaissance Network in Bellingham and Futurewise (back when it was still 1000 Friends of Washington) in Seattle. He has worked for Downtown Seattle’s Metropolitan Improvement District (MID), the Seattle Monorail Project and since 2004, as a consultant for housing and health care non-profits, mortgage and commercial real estate companies, hospitality and aviation brands as well as government and consumer technology businesses. He is a former member of the Uptown Alliance where he briefly served as the Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee (in reality, more of an understudy to D. John Coney). An employee of Great City Nate is also a former board member and one of the organizations earliest volunteers. He has also served on the executive committee of the Leschi Community Council. He is a cycle commuter, occasional bus rider and resident of Eastlake.