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Category Archives: Public Planning

New poll finds huge support for affordability-focused solutions to Bellevue’s housing crisis

Excerpt: NPI, Complete Streets Bellevue, the Sightline Institute, Eastside For All, and the Housing Development Consortium (HDC) teamed up in the summer of 2022 to ask Bellevue residents about their views on the housing market and housing policy. Read our initial findings from that groundbreaking survey.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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There’s a better way to fight inflation, save jobs, and curb a recession: Create a Hamiltonian National Infrastructure Bank

Excerpt: This guest post from macro-economist Alphecca Muttardy discusses the need for legislation that could strengthen our economy and reduce our infrastructure deficit: H.R. 3339.
Written by:Alphecca Muttardy
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Democratic State House hopeful Pastor Carey Anderson shot while out campaigning

Excerpt: Pastor Carey Anderson, a Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 30th Legislative District, was shot at close range by a BB gun Thursday evening.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Canada Day revelation: Amtrak Cascades to resume service to B.C. in September

Excerpt: Regularly scheduled train service between British Columbia and the rest of the Pacific Northwest will be resuming in the fall, rather than in the winter, the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation announced today.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit Board unanimously hires Julie Timm as its new Chief Executive Officer

Excerpt: “I am profoundly grateful to join the Sound Transit team’s work to transform lives across the Puget Sound region for generations to come," Timm said in a prepared statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patty Murray urges Republicans to stop blocking gun safety bills in the U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Washington State has shown what can be accomplished even in the face of strident opposition from the gun lobby, but Congress has not, because Senate Republicans have sadly blocked any and all progress to date.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Sound Transit announces that search team’s pick for new CEO is Julie Timm of Virginia

Excerpt: Timm is currently CEO of Greater Richmond Transit Company, where her more than four hundred employees operate successful regional bus routes serving the Richmond, Virginia area.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans lament slaughter of kids and teachers in Uvalde, but make it clear they’ll do nothing to stop it from happening again

Excerpt: Republicans cannot go against the NRA and the groups aligned with it, not even after the slaughter of schoolchildren and their teachers in a Republican-run state.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Fifteen slaughtered in Uvalde, Texas by gunman who targeted elementary school

Excerpt: The shooting is the country's deadliest so far this year, and horrifically similar to a shooting from almost ten years ago, in which a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden stops in Portland to tout Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Excerpt: The United States is finally taking meaningful steps to address its painfully deep infrastructure deficit, President Joe Biden declared today to a supportive crowd in Portland during his first visit to the Beaver State as Commander-in-Chief. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Transportation providers endanger health of traveling public in rush to abandon masking

Excerpt: The sudden policy shift, made with absolutely no regard for the potential adverse impacts on immunocompromised passengers, children, or those not wishing to travel in mask optional environments, is yet another development that will likely help prolong the pandemic -- with deadly and ominous consequences.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Move Ahead Washington transportation package gets final legislative approval

Excerpt: The package's revenue bill passed 54-54 in the House and 29-20 in the Senate, while its appropriations bill passed 57-41 in the House and 30-19 in the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trainspotting with NPI: Watch Link test trains roll through the Eastside on overhead power

Excerpt: Each clip in our Trainspotting series is less than two minutes long, and shows Kinkisharyo-made Sound Transit LRVs rolling along portions of the new East Link/Line 2 alignment using overhead power.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Two NPI priority bills get concurrence and head to Governor Jay Inslee for signature

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5228 (providing flexible new revenue authority to Sound Transit) and House Bill 1630 (prohibiting the carrying of weapons at local government meetings and election sites) have completed their journey through the legislative process.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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