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Seattle In The Spotlight April 27 - May 3

Seattle in the Spotlight: April 27 – May 3

Seattle, King County Explore Consolidating Homeless Services

Seattle Times | Jonathan Martin | May 3

“Seattle and King County have agreed to explore a new model for managing the homelessness crisis, responding to persistent criticism that no single entity is responsible for it even 30 months after both declared it a state of emergency. The legal agreement, to be signed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday, lays out a potential path toward a new, centralized authority intended to “increase the effectiveness, reach, and efficiency” of the homeless-response system, according to the document. The agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, does not prescribe what that may look like, but it is the most tangible step toward system reform since the creation of a 10-year plan to end homelessness in 2004. The agreement responds to a rising theme, raised from both inside and outside the homelessness-services community, that the current model is hampered by fragmented and sometimes duplicative government human-services agencies spread across the county, its 39 cities and a homelessness coordinating agency that lacks real power.”

Sound Transit Plans High-Capacity Buses for the Eastside

Bellevue Reporter | Josh Kelety | May 1

“By 2024, Sound Transit says it will have fast bus service running along both I-405 and SR-522, servicing communities on the north, south, and east sides of Lake Washington. Officially dubbed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the plans calls for high-capacity buses that with off-board payment, allowing riders to enter or exit through multiple doors, similar to King County Metro’s RapidRide system. The proposed line along I-405 will run 37 miles from Lynnwood to Burien, stopping at 11 existing bus stations and a proposed new transit center in South Renton. The line will also intersect with yet-to-be-built Link Light Rail stations in Lynnwood, Bellevue, and the existing Tukwila station.”

Trailhead Direct Offers Shuttle Service from Seattle to the Issaquah Alps, With More Stops Coming Soon

Seattle Times | Crystal Paul | May 1

“Trailhead Direct launched during a brief trial period last year with service from Issaquah Transit Center to several trailheads in the Issaquah Alps. This year, the service has been expanded to include departures from the Mount Baker Transit Center and Eastgate Freeway Station. Journeys from the Capitol Hill Link light-rail station to Mount Si and Mount Teneriffe (with stops at Broadway and John Street and Pine Street and Ninth Avenue) are slated to begin this summer. Cathy Snow, Community Connections program manager for Metro, said the decision to launch the bus service from Mount Baker and Capitol Hill was based on surveys conducted online and onboard that reflected “strong interest in connecting to urban centers for this kind of service.””

UW has $1 Billion in Buildings Going Up or Planned in Seattle

Seattle Times | Katherine Long | April 29

“Nearly $1 billion in new construction is underway on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus — buildings that will house population-health experts, biologists, computer scientists, sleeping students and even dinosaur fossils. On Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the start of construction for the new Population Health Initiative building, a 290,000-square-foot structure being funded largely by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The building will front on 15th Avenue Northeast, just north of the physics/astronomy building.”


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