The Seattle 2030 District Board of Directors voted this summer to support the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Plan. Approval of Regional Proposition 1 by voters on November 8 will translate into over $53 billion in investments to fund sixty-‐two new miles of light rail and improvements in high capacity bus and rail service over the coming decades.
In order to reduce carbon emissions and stormwater pollutants generated from fossil-fueled vehicle travel, the Seattle 2030 District supports clean, multimodal transportation options that improve economic activity while reducing congestion, pollution and emissions. Maximizing ridership of mass transit projects to minimize single occupancy vehicle miles traveled and relying on carbon‐free, electrified modes are key strategies. The ST3 Plan advances these objectives and promotes these tactics through such measures as: the expansion of light rail to many neighborhoods including those in Ballard, West Seattle, North Seattle, Issaquah, Redmond, Everett, and Tacoma; enhancements to express bus lines by utilizing highway shoulder lanes; creation of new Bus Rapid Transit lines on the Eastside and to the northeast of Seattle; and inclusion of transit access parking in a number of suburban communities.
The Seattle 2030 District is pleased that the final ST3 Plan reflects a number of our priorities, including shortening the timeframes for light rail service to dense population centers, restoring key stations that will ease future congestion, and providing for suburban commuter station accessibility. All will facilitate more numerous and longer carbon-free trips to downtown Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods where the Seattle 2030 District is located.
About Seattle 2030 District
With membership representing over 54 million square feet of real estate, the Seattle 2030 District is a coalition of industry professionals working to create a high-performance urban district. The organization is striving to achieve a more sustainable city by dramatically reducing environmental impacts of building construction and operations by cutting energy, water, and emissions from transportation by 50% respectively by the year 2030. For more information, please visit http://www.2030districts.org.