Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36UrbanStreets Seattle | 5 S eattle is a great place to live and work. I moved here nearly a decade ago and have had the incredible opportunity to raise my family and — every single day — experience the natural beauty, the innovation, the sustainability, and the inclusive community that make this city thrive. In the last few years, this high quality of life has fueled tremendous growth, and we are expected to grow even more in coming years. With this growth comes the opportunity to foster the policies and investments that make Seattle a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, innovative and welcoming city We have already made great strides. In 2014, voters approved investments to transit that have given Seattle its best bus service ever. In 2015, we made a significant transportation investment in safe streets and bridges and more transportation choices with the Levy to Move Seattle. And in 2016, we saw record transit ridership growth as Seattle welcomed two new light rail stations at Capitol Hill and the University of Washing- ton, giving people even more reliable ways to get to where they need to go. Recently the Puget Sound region approved a transit investment, Sound Transit 3, that will positively transform this city and the region for generations to come. When complete, we will have a 116-mile light rail system, bus rapid transit, commuter rail and express bus service that will connect 93 percent of our thriving region’s jobs. With new light rail lines coming to Ballard, West Seattle and South Lake Union, we have a tremendous opportunity to shape Seattle in a way that is inclusive, affordable, sustainable and connected. By investing in affordable housing near transit, new sidewalks and safer bike infrastructure and by taking care of our existing transportation infrastructure, we are defining a future for our city that will connect people to opportunity and bring communities together. Making this future a reality will take all of us working together. I am excited for this possibility. Enjoy the read, SHEFALI RANGANATHAN Executive Director, Transportation Choices Greetings from UrbanStreets Seattle! Welcome 206-684-ROAD Seattle Department of Transportation @SeattleDOT Have comments or suggestions for future UrbanStreets Seattle magazine issues? Email Welcome Letter SEATTLE F2016 SWFIN.indd 2 11/29/16 3:58 PM