The Seattle Metropolis Council ought to go transportation impression charges, one-time charges imposed on new developments to mitigate tasks’ impression on the transportation system. Transportation is each an fairness situation and an environmental situation.
At the moment, we’re coping with an unreliable public transportation system, diminished quantity and frequency of bus routes, and pedestrian security considerations. Having a dependable and sturdy public transportation system is crucial to cut back carbon emissions and local weather change.
Opponents of impression charges typically state that it’s going to make housing dearer. However what we actually want is extra reasonably priced housing, and below the present proposal there are exemptions for low revenue housing and youngster care services.
The mandatory invoice that Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Alex Pedersen are proposing doesn’t even enact impression charges. It merely is a Complete Plan modification that’s principally a highway map to how impression charges might be applied ought to the mayor and Metropolis Council select to undertake them sooner or later. On the very least, the Metropolis Council ought to go this modification to allow full consideration of transportation impression charges.
Metropolis Corridor faces an enormous finances shortfall and, with out charging these charges, they proceed to depart cash on the desk.
Susanna Lin, Seattle