Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to advance the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle:
“Thank you to the City Council for its work to advance Move Seattle. We are one step closer to providing more transportation choices, addressing critical safety issues and improving congestion. As we renew our levy, it is essential that we develop better multi-modal corridors to serve buses, cars and freight. Seven new bus rapid transit lines will speed commuters through our densest neighborhoods to work and school. And we must address ongoing street and bridge maintenance priorities, invest in new sidewalks and build out our bicycle master plan.
“I appreciate the Council’s priority of funding for Safe Routes to School, an issue I first championed as a legislator many years ago. The levy’s accountability measures further strengthened by the Council will also bolster confidence that our investments will yield solid results.
“A unanimous vote by the Council in committee sends a great signal to Seattle residents. I’m looking forward to Council giving its final approval and sending the levy to the voters. We’re ready to get to work.”