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Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell presents $1.45 billion transportation levy

The new transportation levy proposal includes a $100 million budget increase from what was originally proposed in April 2024.

Crews repair a pothole by smoothing asphalt on Cherry Street in Seattle, WA.

Street maintenance was a major priority for Seattle residents, according to feedback received by the city.

Photo via SDOT

A few weeks after dropping a proposal for a $1.35 transportation levy, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has come back with a finalized version that citizens will vote on come November 2024.

The main difference between released info in April and what we have now is a $100 million increase in the levy’s budget to address priorities raised by locals during its public feedback period.

The budgeting now includes investments like:

  • $145 million for transit connection improvements — $23 million more than originally proposed
  • $135 million for sidewalk repairs — $26 million more than originally proposed
  • $114 million to expand the city’s bike lane network — $20 million more than originally proposed
  • $66 million for public space activation and increased lighting — $11 million more than originally proposed

If approved by voters, this proposal will run for the next eight years, replacing the Levy to Move Seattle that expires at the end of 2024.