Transportation

The comings and goings of garbage trucks at the city's proposed intermodal solid-waste transfer facility being considered for Harbor Island wouldn't much affect other traffic, according to a transportation consultant.

Garbage trucks from throughout the city would haul their loads to the planned facility, where the refuse would be compacted and placed inside sealed containers for shipment by train to a landfill in eastern Oregon.

Planners from Seattle Public Utilities and their private consultants presented the results of their draft supplemental environmental impact statement to the public at West Seattle High School last week. In addition to transportation impacts, planners also studied how much odor and noise such a facility would create. Its effects on water quality, plants and animals were studied too.

Engineering consultants Heffron Transportation studied traffic patterns around all four sites being considered by Seattle Public Utilities for the future garbage-handling facility. Two sites being studied are in the area around the former Fisher flour mill.

07/21/2005
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Eric BellNEW VIEW OF NEW PARK. The recently rebuilt Luna Park in the 1100 block of Alki Ave Southwest as seen from a kayaker's point of view on one of our recent "spring" days. Note the resting rollerblader on the new dock-like park. .

City Councilmember Nick Licata says he is focusing his reelection campaign on public safety strategies to reduce crime on city streets by ramping up police visibility and increasing communications between law enforcement and citizens.

He also suggests that one way to alleviate pending traffic problems for West Seattle might be building the monorail from downtown to West Seattle, saving the Ballard route for another project, another time.

In roughly nine months, 25 new Seattle Police officers are to be trained and ready for duty and Licata said he would like to have more o

07/20/2005

Dean Wong

LICATA SEEKS NEW TERM. City Councilmember Nick Licata says some members of the City Council are hesitant to oppose issues that the mayor supports because it means going up against a lot of resources that the City Council just doesn't have access to. Licata said he and Nickels always don't agree on issues, "but we communicate well, and I don't hold grudges."

I am a senior at the University of Washington in architecture and urban planning and intern with the city of Seattle.

I wanted to take a moment to write a rebuttal about your article ("McFarland presses his Viaduct fix plan," June 15).

What I want to say is I am happy that you incorporated the environment and economical impacts of these two projects, but I found that you focused everything around the car. Keeping the viaduct a bridge for people to enjoy the view, from a car.

07/20/2005

The monorail cost being forecast is not just construction plus interest but rather also includes the operation costs for many years. I believe it is 40 years. Report the facts.

West Seattle would be the beneficiary of such a transportation project. Where is our light rail that we pay for? The monorail is West Seattle's light rail. Your headline read "Monorail's rough night." Fact is that support outweighed opposition 2-to-1. What the heck did your headline mean? Was that your personal opinion?

07/20/2005

Although there was plenty of loud anti-monorail invective at the public hearing at West Seattle High School, the Seattle Monorail Board heard more encouragement than derision.

Thirty-four speakers urged the board to continue working on the monorail, 22 people recommended killing the project, and a half dozen speakers seemed to be both for and against it.

This was the third and final public hearing originally scheduled months ago to review the proposed contract between the Seattle Monorail Project and the Cascadia Monorail Co.

07/14/2005

Matthew E. Durham

SUPPORTS MONORAIL CONSTRUCTION. After a spell of condemnstion and boos, Jim Smith defended the Monorail. "Isn't this a wonderful country, that we can come out here and yell at these people?" he asked. Smith's seeing eye dog, Futis, waches intently at his feet.

Some of the wildest threats and accusations were bandied about last week during three public hearings on the monorail and the contract that had become the flash point for all of those who have hated even the bare mention of the word "monorail."

The uncontrolled outrage of a third of each of the three meetings overshadowed those who remain in support of a monorail, just not the way its financing worked out.

07/14/2005
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