Constantine and McDermott: Durkan Would Be an Effective Leader to Deliver on Sound Transit
Seattle – Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan further detailed five immediate steps to expedite light rail construction to West Seattle and Ballard to make public transit more convenient and accessible to those who visit or live and work in and around Seattle. Durkan, who could serve as an active Sound Transit Board member and be involved in all critical Light Rail decisions without having to recuse herself, would take a number of steps within the Mayor’s office to effectively help expedite design, engineering, and permitting, which includes a key focus on a number of streamlining proposals that Sound Transit outlined would most effectively accelerate the timeline.
Durkan’s five immediate steps to expedite light rail construction to West Seattle and Ballard include:
- Speed up delivery of light rail through appointing a new leader within the Mayor’s office to coordinate ST including a review of City codes, policies and permitting requirements;
- Start immediately to improve Ballard & West Seattle Transit Corridors;
- Prepare for opening 3 new stations in four years;
- Accelerate delivery of Seattle’s two infill stations at NE 130th and S. Graham streets;and
- Plan easy access for riders to all existing and future Light Rail Stations.
“The next mayor will play an integral role, especially as a member of the Sound Transit Board, to accelerate Sound Transit light rail expansion. Using all the tools at Mayor’s disposal, I would work non-stop to expedite and cut red tape to provide faster, more reliable transit service to neighborhoods sooner,” said Jenny Durkan.
“We will spare no effort to get West Seattle and Ballard light rail sooner, but for that to happen, we have to have a Mayor who knows how to make things work, bring people together, and get clear decisions. Jenny Durkan has the clear determination and experience of someone who can get the job done – that’s what Seattle needs today,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine. “I look forward to the opportunity to appoint Jenny Durkan to the Sound Transit Board.”
“If anyone has the leadership and experience to work together to speed up project delivery — that’s Jenny Durkan. She would a strong voice on the Sound Transit Board and a leader to build more affordable transportation solutions for West Seattle,” said King County Council Chair and Sound Transit Board Member Joe McDermott.
Durkan’s effective steps to accelerate light rail do not focus on bonding capacity. As reported today by C is for Crank, “Sound Transit has rejected the kind of Seattle-backed bonding proposal Moon is proposing, noting that even if Sound Transit were to borrow money from the city, they would still have to pay that money back, and the revenue package voters just approved does not include the funds to finance the kind of additional debt the agency would need to speed up service in Seattle.”
Durkan, who was endorsed by Transportation for Washington, has previously outlined her ideas to provide more safe, efficient and well-connected transportation choices that make it easier and safer for Seattle residents and those who work or visit here to get around on foot, by bike and via mass transit. Her plans include a number of critical transportation improvements to reach our climate goals, too.
For Immediate Release, October 6, 2017