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Category Archives: Public Planning

East Link from the air: Get a bird’s eye view of Sound Transit’s new Line 2 light rail stations

Excerpt: This visually stunning special project, with eleven galleries of photos, showcases Sound Transit's forthcoming light rail extension linking Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond across Lake Washington.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Harnessing the power of the Native vote: how Indigenous leaders are preparing for 2022

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of a Netroots Nation panel that explored what is being done and can be done to recruit Native Americans to run for office and turn out to vote in the 2022 midterms.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Travel Light! Northgate Link opens to riders in a watershed moment for mobility in Seattle

Excerpt: The inauguration of revenue service on Northgate Link marks the end of the work to deliver the original Sound Move plan approved by voters in 1996, which called for an initial light rail line running from SeaTac to Northgate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ready for Northgate Link to be open? Get an advance look inside the new Line 1 stations

Excerpt: If you'd like to take a peek inside the U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations ahead of the Saturday, October 2nd 2021 opening, we've put together three photo galleries showcasing each one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit will get a new CEO next year: Peter Rogoff to depart in 2022, agency says

Excerpt: In an early evening press release, Board Chair Kent Keel said that Rogoff will remain as CEO until mid-2022 and then hand over duties to a yet-to-be-announced successor that the board hopes to find through a national search. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Link’s arrival in Northgate is a good reminder that Seattle voters are keen on getting more neighborhoods connected to light rail

Excerpt: 76% of likely August 2021 Seattle voters surveyed support a new transit funding measure to connect more urban villages in the Emerald City with Link light rail, while a mere 19% are opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Joe Biden touches down in Boise; visits National Interagency Fire Center

Excerpt: Today, Joe Biden made his first official visit to Cascadia as President of the United States of America, landing in Boise, Idaho to visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which is located adjacent to Boise Air Teminal/Gowen Field. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden will make his first stop as President in the Pacific Northwest next week

Excerpt: The President will be making a stop in Boise, Idaho at the National Interagency Fire Center as part of an western swing that will also include a stop in Denver, Colorado.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle voters eager for I‑5 to be modernized with seismic, accessibility improvements

Excerpt: Despite I-5's importance to Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest, it is falling apart. Decades of heavy use and inadequate maintenance have left the highway in increasingly bad shape. Voters in Seattle are enthusiastic about taking action to fix these problems.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s July 2021 survey of Seattle voters found deep support for JumpStart revenue plan

Excerpt: 67% of Seattle voters support Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's JumpStart revenue ordinance, with 27% opposed and 6% not sure. That’s a margin of well over two-to-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Three new Seattle light rail stations will soon be here: Northgate Link opens in one month

Excerpt: University District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations will join the region's growing high capacity transit system on October 2nd, 2021.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Will Democrats unite to defend good deeds of the Biden-Harris administration, or snipe while Republicans fire their guns?

Excerpt: Progressive and partially conservative Democrats are split on how quickly to approve infrastructure. The Republicans are directing their fire at the priorities included in the budget reconciliation process. Can Democrats unite to wage a strong front in the midterms?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A momentous day: U.S. Senate gives final approval to bipartisan infrastructure bill

Excerpt: Bipartisan legislation to invest serious money in tackling America's persistent infrastructure deficit has won final approval, with more than a dozen Republicans crossing the aisle to deliver a lopsided margin of victory for President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A huge majority of Seattle voters say they’d support a funding measure to speed up ST3

Excerpt: 71% of respondents to our July 2021 survey of the Seattle electorate -- all likely 2021 Seattle voters -- told us that they would support a new transit funding measure, while 24% said they would be opposed. 5% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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