The leaders of the City Council Transportation and Budget Committees Monday said they would not recommend Mayor Mike McGinn’s funding request for study of a light rail crossing of the Ship Canal.
Instead, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Tim Burgess said they would prioritize safety and maintenance projects in the city, including at East Marginal Way, where a bicyclist was killed recently, and Northeast 75th Street, the site of a horrific truck-vs.-pedestrian crash that left two people dead and two facing lengthy recoveries.
The council announcement came as the Budget Committee, chaired by Burgess, this week takes up a mid-year supplemental spending package. The council’s proposed transportation package reallocates some of the $7.5 million in savings from the Spokane Street Viaduct and 2013 debt service savings.
“Our proposal is intended to ensure every city dollar that goes to transportation will be spent to meet current critical safety, maintenance and transit needs,” Burgess said in a news release.
McGinn had sought half a million dollars to study a Ship Canal crossing for a light rail line from downtown to Ballard and another $300,000 to speed up a study of another light rail route up Eastlake to the University District.