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Entries from August 2011

New transportation plan for upcoming school year

August 24th, 2011 by master

After the implementation of the Student Assignment Plan, Seattle Public Schools is also changing the way elementary and K-8 students get to school.

The transportation map for Green Lake Elementary. Orange is the walk zone, yellow the bus zone.

The new neighborhood-based transportation system is expected to streamline bus routs for attendance-area students and get kids to their neighborhood school in 25 minutes or less. This change will also save an estimate $4 million by using fewer buses and less gas. “With more efficient routing, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable,” said Tom Bishop, SPS transportation manager. “In addition, the more streamlined routes will also benefit the environment by taking up to 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.”

Students within the transportation zone, but outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district-provided transportation. There are an estimated 3,600 elementary students who live outside the new transportation zones. They will still be eligible for the following transportation:

  • Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary can walk to a yellow bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space-available basis.
  • Community stops will be created so students can catch a yellow bus near an attendance area school and take it to another school.
  • Students who are no longer eligible for transportation will receive a guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school, if requested.
  • School bus routes will be assigned later this summer once all the students assignments are complete. Families should expect a letter later this month, prior to the start of the school year.

    For more information and to see the transportation zone for your school, click here. FAQ can be found here (.pdf)

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    Shots fired, car damaged

    August 16th, 2011 by master

    From the police blotter:

    On August 16th, at approximately 1:00 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired in the 1300 Block of NE 52nd Street. Officers responded and located several shell casings in the road and a parked, unoccupied car with bullet holes in the windshield and the rear window shattered. One round was lodged in the driver’s door. Officers searched the area thoroughly for victims or any additional damage, but did not locate any.

    Several people were contacted for their possible involvement in the disturbance at 47th and Brooklyn Ave NE, but they were released after speaking with officers.

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    City wants to hear your thoughts on paid parking

    August 10th, 2011 by master

    At the beginning of the year, the Seattle Department of Transportation adjusted parking rates around the city. At the time, Charles Bookman, SDOT’s director of Traffic Management said, “These modifications are a reflection of the mayor’s and City Council’s commitment to data-driven policies to make it more likely for motorists to find an open spot on the street.”

    Today, SDOT is working on a project called “performance-based parking pricing” which “outlines different strategies to make paid parking in downtown and neighborhood business districts more available,” the SDOT blog states. They are conducting an online survey about paid parking which takes about ten minutes to complete. You can find the survey here.

    In case you’re wondering about parking prices, limits and restrictions, SDOT has a parking map that lists every paid, permit, carpool, time limited, no parking and unrestricted zone, as well as parking garages and lots. You can zoom in by address, intersection, major landmark, or neighborhood.

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    Resurfacing this week along 7th Ave NE

    August 8th, 2011 by master

    The Seattle Department of Transportation sent us the following information:

    Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to resurface Seventh Avenue NE from NE 42nd to NE 45th in the University District next week. They will grind off the old surface on August 9 and 10, and lay new asphalt on Saturday, August 13.

    The crews will work on August 9 and 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving one lane open for traffic. On August 13 they plan to start at 7 a.m., and have one lane open by 3:30 p.m. Metro Transit buses will be allowed through and sidewalks will remain open.

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    Spruce up your yard with a free tree or two

    August 8th, 2011 by master

    The city is offering free trees to Seattle residents for their yards or planting strip next to the street.

    Applications are now available for the trees as part of the reLeaf program. There are ten species to choose from and the trees can be planted anywhere in a residential yard.

    Here are some rules:

  • Permits are required if planting street trees – reLeaf staff will coordinate acquiring permits. Receiving a permit is not guaranteed. No permit is required for yard trees.
  • You must be present at the planting training to pick up your tree(s). All trees should be planted shortly after receiving them.
  • The number of trees approved for your yard may be fewer than the number requested. Please note that tree availability is not guaranteed.
  • If you do not own your home, you must obtain the permission of the homeowner.
  • Trees are limited and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline for street trees (for the planting strip next to the street) is September 1. Yard tree applications are due October 24th. Attend a planting and care workshop and pick up your tree(s) on either October 30th at the Carkeek Environmental Learning Center or November 12th at the Garfield Community Center.

    For more information and for the application, click here.

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