Dear Seattle City Council,
The 2021 budget cuts are too deep. Reject austerity and invest more in walking, biking, and transit to meet Seattle's climate and mobility goals.
Please support the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) Coalition's 2021 City Budget Asks.
As we face the deepest recession since the Great Depression, austerity is not the answer. People are relying on government more than ever, and Seattle’s economic recovery depends on increasing public services and investment, not cutting them.
MASS supports the #SolidarityBudget and makes the following requests specific to equitable and climate-friendly transportation:
- Georgetown to South Park Trail: Fund this vital connection for construction ASAP for communities that have been bearing the brunt of West Seattle Bridge overflow traffic.
- Sidewalk repair in Rainier Ave corridor: Reverse the decision to cut sidewalk improvments from the Rapid Ride 7 plans.
- RapidRide Program: Stem the continued budget cuts to the Rapid Ride Program and citywide network of dedicated bus lanes. Making transit rapid, reliable, and efficient is essential to accomplishing the shift to a sustainable transportation system.
- Seattle Green New Deal: Adequately fund the staff and resources needed for Seattle to advance the Green New Deal.
Recognizing that there are many vital demands on a limited budget this year, we propose that funds for these projects be shifted away from other budgets that do not align with our city's stated priorities. Decrease funding for Intelligent Transportation System funds (ITS signals) which more than doubled in the 2021 budget, and other car-focused budgets that were not reduced proportionately to other programs.
We also recognize that new funds are badly needed, and ask that the City explore possible new revenue sources in the coming year specifically for transportation.
Transportation remains Seattle’s top source of carbon pollution. Curbing transportation emissions means investing in walking, biking, and transit.