FIRST MOVES

Ready, set, go! From subsidies for shared rides to research on growing Seattle’s workforce, we’re hitting the ground running with 20 strategic actions.


They’re our “first moves,” and they’ll test new ways of getting around while building a foundation for meaningful change. 

The first moves are just the start. As we move ahead, we’re looking for collaborators to improve and refine our ideas and to help advance the transportation transformation in Seattle and beyond. Sign up now to add your voice.


Over the next 18 months, we will...

Establish new policies:

  1. Adopt innovative policies that will ensure automated vehicles operate safely on our streets, enable automated vehicle pilot programs, and integrate automated vehicles into our city in a way that aligns with our values. (Strategy 5.1)
  2. Adopt a policy framework and permit program that enables electric vehicle charging in the public right of way. (Strategy 5.3)
  3. Develop a set of principles to guide ongoing regulatory and legislative efforts—including a protocol for updates. (Strategy 3.5)
  4. Craft a free-floating bike share policy framework to maximize public benefit from privately funded bike share systems. (Strategy 3.1)
  5. Test micro-transit as a way to provide better options for short trips and in areas in need of improved transit. (Strategy 1.5)

Launch new programs:

  1. Train and hire staff to build our capacity for managing new technologies and developing smart policies around them. (Strategy 3.2)
  2. Better understand new mobility’s challenges and opportunities by hosting conversations with transportation advocates, social justice-oriented community-based organizations, and community members. (Strategy 3.3)
  3. Together with regional and national partners, build a data platform to automate data analytics, perform predictive analytics, and store data. (Strategy 4.2)
  4. Develop integrated shared mobility hubs to seamlessly connect people to and between mobility services. (Strategy 1.6)
  5. Design a program to build shared mobility hubs, which provide transportation options like transit, car share, and bike share together in a single location. (Strategy 4.2)
  6. Protect, catalog and systematize our data by creating and implementing a digital data master plan. (Strategy 4.1)
  7. Provide up-to-date, interactive transportation information by installing interactive digital interfaces, including digital kiosks, in public areas. (Strategy 4.6)
  8. Encourage more people to choose shared transportation options by developing a subsidy program. (Strategy 1.1)

Conduct new research:

  1. Work with the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab to understand the impacts and benefits of e-commerce and other emerging shared goods delivery models in Seattle. (Strategy 2.3)
  2. Ensure shared mobility initiatives promote, rather than roll back, equity by conducting a racial equity toolkit. (Strategy 3.1)
  3. Analyze how automated and electric mobility could impact the job market and create strategies to reduce job loss; identify new opportunities for people of color, low-income, immigrant, and refugee communities; and identify workforce development and training needs. (Strategy 5.2)

Prototype or pilot new projects:

  1. Make it safer and easier for ridesharing and microtransit services to pick up and drop off passengers by expanding three-minute passenger loading zones citywide. (Strategy 2.1)
  2. Develop new solutions for the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) program to reduce operating costs, meet customer expectations, and work more efficiently across jurisdictional boundaries. (Strategy 1.4)
  3. Encourage car share companies to shift toward electric cars by installing electric vehicle fast charging stations at shared mobility hubs. (Strategy 5.3)
  4. Establish a permit process that allows sensor infrastructure providers to expand the network of sensors at intersections and multiply vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications citywide. (Strategy 4.2)