Arena deal brings needed transportation infrastructure fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cascade Bicycle Club Applauds Transportation Funding in Proposed Arena Deal

$40 million for transportation improvements in Sodo will help address important transportation needs in the area 

Contact:         Craig M. Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager
(206) 713-6204, craig.benjamin@cascadebicycleclub.org

SEATTLE, September 11, 2012 – Today, Cascade Bicycle Club applauds the transportation funding in the agreement reached between Seattle City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Tim Burgess and Mike O’Brien and Chris Hansen’s ArenaCo for a new sports and entertainment arena.  The agreement includes a $40 million Sodo Transportation Infrastructure Fund to help address important transportation needs in the area.

“Two years ago we worked hard with our friends and allies in the freight community, the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle, the Duwamish Transportation Management Association and Feet First to identify and prioritize infrastructure improvements to make it easier and safer for everyone to move through Sodo and south. It’s exciting to see that many of these recommendations may now get funded,” said Chuck Ayers, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club. “Whether you’re hauling freight, riding your bike, walking, taking transit, or driving your car, you can expect this fund to improve your mobility in the area.”

“We applaud City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Tim Burgess and Mike O’Brien for recognizing the need to fund important transportation needs in Sodo and thank them for their hard work in developing the Sodo Transportation Infrastructure Fund,” said Craig M. Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager with Cascade Bicycle Club.  “We’re hopeful that the full City Council will approve this agreement and we look forward to working with our partners at the City and County to secure additional funding to make it easier for everyone to move within and through Sodo.”

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