T4WA 2019 Seattle Scorecard Questionnaire
Candidates for Seattle City Council: Thank you for your interest in Transportation for Washington!

Please note, your answers to this questionnaire will be distributed to voters in a "scorecard" format. We have provided an "OPTION TO ELABORATE" to add nuance to your yes/no responses, however this information is for T4WA board consideration only and WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE PUBLISHED SCORECARD.

T4WA will publish candidate scorecards for the primary election, and make endorsements for the general election.

Do you consider yourself a transit rider?
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Seattle has two operational streetcar lines. The Center City Connector project will connect these two disparate lines to form a continuous streetcar line connecting South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, First Hill and Capitol Hill. The City must raise approximately $88 million to complete this project.
Do you support completing the Seattle Streetcar Center City Connector project? *
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Road pricing, such as tolling or congestion pricing, is an evidence-based strategy for managing the flow of traffic on roadways. Pricing policies can also be used to reach goals related to pollution reduction and human health; and potentially raise progressive revenue for multi-modal projects.
Do you support road pricing, including congestion pricing, as a strategy to reduce congestion in Seattle?
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In 2016, voters approved ST3 to fund a variety of transit improvements, including the build-out of the Link light rail system. Sound Transit anticipates that some design and construction options, such as tunneling, for the West Seattle & Ballard project will require additional funding beyond what was approved by voters.
Do you support West Seattle/Ballard Link light rail alignments, including route and station options, that could require 3rd party funding? *
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Recent studies of ridehailing companies such as Uber and Lyft have pointed to increased traffic congestion and safety issues, as well as the reduction of transit, walking and biking trips people would have otherwise taken.
Do you support taxes on ridehailing trips, such as Uber and Lyft, to incentivize public transit trips and fund transportation improvements? *
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Private companies are offering many new transportation services, from app-based ridehailing to car/bike/scooter share and more. These private providers operate in the public right-of-way, but operate within different standards of accountability and transparency than public agencies, in terms of data sharing, accessibility, and equitable service coverage.
Do you support public-private partnerships to provide new transportation options, such as app-based services, autonomous vehicles, scooters, and bike share? *
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Impact fees require developers to help fund new or expanded capital transportation facilities that will help accommodate new trips resulting from their development.
Do you support impact fees on development to fund multimodal (walk/bike/transit) transportation improvements? *
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In early 2018, an audit found that King County Metro’s fare enforcement program was disproportionately targeting people of color and people experiencing homelessness. In some cases, fare enforcement citations can lead to criminal misdemeanors. In response, Metro revamped its program by lowering fees, connecting people to resources, and offering multiple ways for people to resolve citations with the agency, rather than through the court system.
Do you support fare enforcement programs focused on providing alternatives to fines and penalties? *
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The City of Seattle funds much of its bus service, as well as low-income fare programs and some capital improvements, through a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which levies sales tax and car tab fees. The levy is set to expire in 2020. Seattle will look to renew its TBD, however across the county transit service and investments have not kept up with demand.
Do you support King County running an additional or alternative countywide TBD measure that maintains the level of Seattle service? *
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Siting homes and businesses near transit allows people to travel reliably without driving. One strategy to maximize these outcomes is to allow the construction of more and taller buildings, and to promote a mix of affordable and market-rate homes.
Do you support transit-oriented development, including increased density with mandatory affordability? *
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Seattle and King County offer a variety of fare programs and pilots providing discounts to low-income riders, students and more. However, many low-income riders do not qualify, and for some riders the low-income rate is still too high, or it is difficult to enroll. One idea is to make income-based fares available to all riders in the region.
Do you support creation of a regional income-based fare program? *
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Three words that describe your vision for transportation in Seattle: *
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What is the top priority transportation issue in your district? *
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