Complete state and county primary results coming August 6th
Election 2013
MyNorthwest asked Seattle's mayoral candidates how they would solve Seattle's most severe traffic issues. These are their answers:

Please select the traffic option which best reflects your views:

a. Invest in roads
b. Invest in light rail
c. Invest in buses
d. Invest in alternative transportation
e. Other - please specify
  • Joey Gray
    "I'm a public transit rider, bike commuter, and scooter rider, and will prioritize pedestrians (including wheelchairs) first -- for most of history, people have gotten around by foot; it's healthy, least expensive, and includes everyone at times. From there I'd work up like other cities are successfully doing, with cycling as the most energy-efficient form of human travel. "
  • Bruce Harrell
    "This question speaks directly to the problem of pitting one transportation mode against another. We must invest in proper road maintenance for all buses, bikes, cars, pedestrians, etc. We have to plan for and invest in our light rail future, and protect our low-income commuters through an effective and sustainable bus system. Balance is a key that many of our leaders fail to recognize and achieve."
  • Mike McGinn
    "As mayor, I support giving people choices for how they get around. It's an all of the above approach. It's about integrating all modes into a well maintained road system. Having said that, we need more funding to take care of our streets, and we're decades behind on a real mass transit system. That's why I've been pushing for more funding for local road maintenance (including $30 million more over the last two years) as well as working with Sound Transit to get a new rail ballot measure to the ballot by 2016."
  • Doug McQuaid
    "a. Invest in roads"
  • Ed Murray
    "The most important thing we need to do is create an integrated transit and transportation strategy for the city. While we have many transportation plans focused on single transport modes - a bike plan, a ped plan, etc. - those plans stand in isolation from one another and languish largely unfunded. The truth is we lack a real integrated transit and transportation strategy for the city that prioritizes, based on data, careful analysis and funding options, what transit modes we ought to deploy where, and how to pay for them so that we actually secure funding, deliver projects and improve our transportation system. As mayor, I will develop that integrated strategy and pass it through the Council. And then we will get to work putting it into effect, so that we prioritize bus service, move forward on adding new light rail in the city, fix our deteriorating streets and bridges, and provide safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians."
  • Charlie Staadecker
    "Investing in our roads helps everyone in the community, including those commuting via cars, bicycles, or mass transit. It helps pedestrians with the repainting of crosswalks, pedestrians. And it helps commerce with enhanced freight capacity. Choosing roads is an obvious back-to-basics choice. I would include immediate improvements such as the use of synchronized lights and "smart" lights. I know this is a hot issue so it must be said that there needs to be a master bike plan that incorporates directing bikes to newly designed bike ways off the main arterials whenever possible."
  • Peter Steinbrueck
    "All the above. I support a range of transportation options. "

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