Seattle Transportation Plan heads to City Council for approval

The plan will go before City Council on Tuesday, March 5.

Pedestrians cross the street in the University District while a bus prepares to turn the corner. There's a bright red mural painted by Stevie Shao on one of the buildings in the background.

The Seattle Transportation Plan will dictate how the city moves forward with travel-related infrastructure projects in the years to come.

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The Seattle Transportation Plan is rolling forward once again.

After spending the better part of the last two years working on it, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has submitted the finalized version of the transportation plan to Seattle City Council for approval and adoption.

It’s got a big ole thumbs up from Mayor Bruce Harrell and is scheduled to get vote from City Council on Tuesday, March 5. The meeting will include a public comment section for those who want to voice their thoughts about the plan and its implementation.

But let’s back up — But let’s back up — there are a few changes to the plan since it was last released for public review. Let’s talk about it real quick.

What’s new?

The plan went out for its last round of public review in October where SDOT representatives hoped to round out any last details Seattle residents wanted to see reflected in the final edition.

One of the plan’s “new key strategies” includes a piece about making sure public transportation is resilient during emergencies.

Another includes ensuring that traffic laws don’t rely on punitive enforcement to make sure the city’s communities are better protected.

The plan’s goals to increase the general ease of mobility in the city also now includes a point about supporting economic vitality by getting people and goods where they need to go.

What’s next?

If City Council approves the plan, the next step is to build an implementation plan for all of the things included in the new transportation plan. SDOT hopes to get these strategies laid out and in motion by the end of 2025, with an intention to update the implementation every four years.

The city is also working on a replacement for the Levy to Move Seattle that expires at the end of this year. Keep a look out for more info this spring.