The One Center City Near-Term Action Plan identifies key projects and programs that will help keep people and the economy moving even as major construction projects and growth-related congestion reduce street capacity over the next 3-5 years.
Without action, these pressures will slow all vehicles moving to and through the Center City, resulting in longer travel times for bus riders, drivers and delivery vehicles, plus crowded bus stops and sidewalks.
Working together, the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), have dedicated $30 million to fund near-term improvements that will ease pressure on downtown streets and contribute to great downtown places for people. To learn more about the near-term projects visit onecentercity.org.
This program of partnership investments is critical to people throughout our region. An enormous volume of transit riders come to the center of Seattle from all parts of King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties every day – and much of the transit travel experience relies upon Seattle’s downtown grid working reliably for transit and other people-carrying modes.
Implementation of two key projects have already begun for Second and Fourth Avenue signal and transit improvements. Changes to traffic signals may not be obvious and may seem small, but they provide significant benefits to mobility, transit speed and reliability, and safety. Signal changes on Fourth Avenue are nearly complete!
These signal changes, when paired with similar signal improvements on Second Avenue that will be complete by mid-2018, and other planned transit improvements on Fourth Avenue allow buses to move more quickly and improve safety by reducing conflicts between pedestrians, turning vehicles, and buses.
Near-Term Action Plan projects are just a part of what we’ll do in on-going collaboration with our agency partners to ease pressure on downtown streets. With a key focus on reducing the number of drive-alone vehicles in downtown during the most congested times, we’ll:
- Invest in transit.
- Launch tools to incentivize telecommuting.
- Partner with navigation applications to provide insights on best times to leave downtown.
- Support innovative options for first and last mile transit trips such as bike share, micro transit, and carpooling apps.