The mayor wants to accommodate all classes of 520 bridge users.
As the Times and others are reporting, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn continues to fight for light rail on the planned replacement of State Route 520 (the Evergreen Point Bridge). A new report he commissioned, separate from the state's existing plans for a six-lane project, promotes design changes to accommodate light rail, which would add still more years to the replacement of the 47-year-old span. Predictably, the governor and city council are grinding their teeth over McGinn's dilatory maverick scheme.
But why stop with cars, buses, and light rail? Six or even eight lanes really doesn't do justice to the glorious diversity of 520 commuters. In a confidential McGinn memo obtained by Seattle Weekly, we've learned that the mayor would like to add even more capacity to the bridge, to make the infrastructure even more fair and inclusive. After the jump, the full list of McGinn's proposed bridge lane categories.
Electric vehicles (separate from biodiesel lane)
Bikes (separate from pedestrian lane)
Pedestrians (separate from roller skaters)
Mothers with strollers
Runners (those at eight-minute-mile pace or slower use separate dedicated jogger lane)
Power walkers/joggers/drunkards crawling home to Bellevue