Seattle Petition No. 1 is an initiative that establishes a city transportation authority for the city of Seattle.  The Century Transportation Authority, “CenTran,” will be authorized to utilize a variety of planning and funding mechanisms to establish a new high capacity, elevated rail system that will serve the transportation needs of the west side of Seattle.

In order to establish such a system the city transportation authority must be approved by Seattle voters through a petition that will be voted on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Seattle Citizen Petition No. 1 imposes a $5.00 vehicle licensing fee on each vehicle subject to relicensing tab fees as provided by RCW 35.95A.090.  The license tab fee will go into effect at least six months after the date on which the petition is approved.


       45+ years ago elected officials promised Seattle citizens a grade separated, commuters’ rail system between Ballard-Downtown and Downtown-West Seattle. In 1997 Sound Transit, exclusively controlled by self-appointed elected officials, promised rail connections between those same city centers. In 2007 the elected officials of Sound Transit again made the same promises, a north-south, west-side of Seattle transportation corridor to obtain additional funding.

      This year Sound Transit and the City’s DOT completed a study of the Ballard-Downtown-West Seattle corridor. Afterwards the City Council declared that a Downtown streetcar system was a greater priority and that any intermediate or high capacity rail system linking Ballard-Downtown-West Seattle might be considered after 2016 – and if planned could possibly be built by 2026 or later.

      Let’s move past the empty promises of elected officials, past 45 years of transportation experiments that materialize late, over budget, and certainly not where needed most.

      Vote “Yes” and put in place a citizen’s-based transportation authority – dedicated to delivering on the promises of Century 21 and such as leaders of the Seattle Neighborhood Council, the Sierra Club, the University of Washington, the Manufacturing Industrial Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, and local social justice organizations.

     The Century Transportation Authority will utilize a variety of planning and funding mechanisms to establish a new high capacity, citywide elevated rail system.  In order to prepare, adopt, and implement a plan for building such a system the Authority must be approved through a petition that will be voted on by Seattle voters.  The Authority will then create a master plan to design and engineer the elevated rail system, and will complete the required environmental review for Phase 1, leading to the construction of a citywide rail system that flows in a dedicated right of way making it a high capacity transportation corridor.

The newly created authority will prepare, adopt, and implement a master plan for an elevated rail system and will complete the required environmental review for Phase 1 of the system, the Evergreen Line.  Voters then will be asked to approve the construction of the elevated rail system by another vote once a feasible financing plan is established.

The revenue proceeds from the license tab fee, which is estimated to bring in approximately $2 Million per year in revenue for CenTran, will be used to pay all or a portion of the costs of planning and designing the first phase of the Century Transportation Monorail Plan.  The elevated rail system will link neighborhoods in Northwest Seattle and West Seattle with the Central Waterfront, the Duwamish Industrial zone, South Seattle, and the Seattle Center.

An advisory council consisting of twenty one (21) members is being formed now. It will support the CenTran board of directors and it will also act as an outreach network, linking with the surrounding community at-large in order inform and mobilize  a wide spectrum of stakeholders in Seattle.  These include stakeholder constituencies such as neighborhood residents and businesses, social justice and environmental interests, sports interests, and cause-based interests.  The goal is to establish an advisory council that includes a broad and diverse range of stakeholders that will participate in the planning and advocacy for an efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, economically viable elevated rail system in Seattle.  To join the advisory click here.

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