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Category Archives: Public Planning

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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As police reform laws take effect, Republicans dust off their old fearmongering playbook

Excerpt: The Republican political strategy in this Washington is straightforward. Try to negatively define the Democrats’ legislative agenda and deploy fear to turn voters against the Evergreen State's current governing political party. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Bipartisan infrastructure bill advances in U.S. Senate, but still faces hurdles to passage

Excerpt: The compromise legislation, which has the support of the White House, is being hailed by the Biden-Harris administration as a groundbreaking set of investments in everything from bridges and broadband to mass transit and water pipes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Amtrak announces huge fleet modernization project to benefit Cascades, other routes

Excerpt: Travelers in Cascadia will be the first nationwide to ride new Siemens trainsets, built as part of a $7.3 billion Amtrak plan to upgrade rail infrastructure.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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After a year of debate, Sound Transit moves closer to sanctioning ST3 project delays

Excerpt: With a month to go before a decision about a fix to a major budget hole, lengthy delays seem likely - but can they be averted by delaying the decision?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Housing advocates team up to help renters understand their recently expanded rights

Excerpt: Thanks to the Washington State Legislature, tenant protections were expanded during the 2021 legislative session. This post summarizes the new rights gained by renters, which were championed by housing advocates.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
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Sound Transit debuts spacious new Siemens S700 light rail vehicles in revenue service

Excerpt: The new vehicles are roomier, brighter, and have more storage space. They will join the fleet as Sound Transit rapidly expands light rail network with many new stations, starting with the three Northgate Link stations in 2021.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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