Neighborhood Projects Fund ideas, RapidRide D Line, and the future of public transit services to be discussed at tonight's Ballard District Council Meeting

The Ballard District Council is convening for its monthly meeting tonight and topics on the agenda for the evening include projects for the 2012 Neighborhood Projects Fund, RapidRide D Line, and the future of public transit services.

As usual, the meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Ballard Library 5614 22nd N.W.


7 p.m. - Introductions & Short Announcements

7:15 p.m. - 2012 Neighborhood Projects Fund, Rob Mattson

Annually, district councils review proposals which are located in their District. That review is a two stage process. DC’s first select not more than three projects which are then forwarded to the appropriate city department for cost and feasibility analysis. That information is then used by DC’s to determine their recommendation for funding projects. In the 2012 funding cycle, five proposals were submitted for projects in the Ballard District. Of these, one was eliminated from further consideration since it did not meet the basic selection criteria. The remaining four community proposals will be considered at this meeting. We will have an opportunity to hear from proponents, and determine which projects are suitable to be for further consideration.

7:35 p.m. - Implementing Ballard’s D Line, Paul Roybal from King County Transit

In September of this year, Metro Transit kicks off the Rapid Ride service to Ballard along the 15 Ave corridor. Construction will begin soon on enhanced Rapid Ride stations and other right of way improvements associated with this new service. Paul will discuss these immediate plans and other improvement which are not yet fully developed including operational details as well as how the D Line terminus will be integrated.

7:50 p.m. - Staff Report, Rob Mattson

7:55 p.m. - Report – Executive Committee

- Central Ballard Resident Association – application for Ballard DC membership, Michelle Rosenthal
- Report – Transit zone consolidation work group, Catherine Weatbrook/Kirk Robbins
- Update – Ballard Prepares, Catherine W

8:00 p.m. What the Future Could Hold for Transit Service in our Community by Julie Johnson, Associate Professor UW School of Architecture

For the past eight weeks the fourteen students in Julie Johnson’s winter quarter design studio have examined conditions, researched public plans and policies, and called upon the resources of a six member citizen advisory panel from the Ballard district. They will present concepts for how this community can best be served by public transit resources. Student teams considered specific Rapid Ride station locations, opportunities for intermodal connections around Ballard, and also examined opportunities and challenges associated with the expansion of Seattle’s streetcar system.

8:30 p.m. Adjourn

8:30-9 p.m. Open House

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to take a close up look at the data and at the concepts which the UW student teams developed for specific locations.

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