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Category Archives: Public Planning

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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VICTORY! Bill to grant new revenue authority to Sound Transit gets out of state House

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5528, which now returns to the Senate for concurrence, is prime sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District: Seattle), and championed by Seattle Subway, The Urbanist, the Sierra Club's Cascade Chapter, Transportation Choices Coalition, NPI, and many other organizations.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate passes two critically important gun safety bills in evening session

Excerpt: A pair of extremely important, much needed gun safety bills previously approved by the House of Representatives each received constitutional majorities in the Washington State Senate on March 1st, 2022 and are one step closer to becoming laws.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ban on high-capacity gun magazines very popular with Washingtonians, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 60% of 700 likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling (PPP) for NPI from February 17th-18th expressed support for reducing the scope of gun violence in our state by banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A huge majority of Washington voters support prohibiting guns at local government meeting facilities and election sites, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 66% of seven hundred likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI expressed support for taking action to prevent gun violence and protect our democracy while just 29% were opposed and 5% were not sure. 57% of the total surveyed expressed strong support.
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Democrats’ legislative wins won’t resonate unless they get better at framing, storytelling

Excerpt: Will the Democrats who advocated for Amtrak (only a handful of House Republicans voted “yea” on infrastructure) find a way to “sell” to the public what will be substantial improvements in public services?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Democratic legislators unveil 2022 Move Ahead Washington transportation package

Excerpt: Negotiated by teams led by House Transportation Chair Jake Fey and Senate Transportation Chair Marko Liias, Move Ahead Washington would make substantial, billion-dollar multimodal investments in roads, bridges, ferries, and public transit over the next several years
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right to repair heads to House floor; Sound Transit revenue bill goes to Senate Rules

Excerpt: Two NPI priority bills are on the move in the Washington State Legislature, with one week left to go until the 2022 chamber of origin cutoff arrives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Light rail trains roll through Bellevue on overhead power during weekend of testing

Excerpt: Video taken by Sound Transit's photographer shows trains rolling from several angles during these nighttime forays onto our new rapid transit guideway. You can also see what it was like to be inside the train and stations during the testing
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School seismic safety bill passes out of Senate Ways & Means with bonding plan removed

Excerpt: The purpose of the legislation is to protect schoolchildren, faculty, volunteers, and community members from geologic hazards by modernizing decrepit, dangerous old school buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, and lahars.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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