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Swedish Cherry Hill Integrated Transportation Board community update

Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill is excited to share the work that has been accomplished by its Integrated Transportation Board (ITB) which has been meeting monthly for over a year to focus on the transportation issues in the Squire Park neighborhood. The ITB members include community residents, representatives from Dept. of Transportation, NW Kidney Center, Lab Corp, Swedish, Sabey, METRO, Dept. of Planning, Commute Seattle, and Republic Parking.

  • Transit Screens - Three internet-connected transit screens were installed at major campus entry points in March to assist workers, residents and visitors with commuting options. The screen shows live metro bus and Swedish Intercampus shuttle arrival and departure times from Cherry Hill. Displays live Car To Go and Zipcar information, Uber cars and Pronto bike share services and a Twitter feed to displaying traffic and commuting updates. Informational posters are displayed below the screens explaining how to read and use them.
  • Swedish Shuttles – Swedish added two additional shuttle routes for a total of four new runs. The shuttles now run from King Street train station to Cherry Hill and First Hill and the second shuttle goes to Marion & Alaskan Way (to Cherry Hill and First Hill. The other Shuttles run all day between Cherry Hill, First Hill, and the Metropolitan Park Office Towers
  • Campus Events – Swedish monthly events encourage alternative modes of commuting for workers, residents and visitors. At Cherry Hill a Transportation Fair was held on the center Main Plaza with free Bike Tune ups and lots of prizes and giveaways from vendors like Commute Seattle, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Car To Go, and Zipcar, a Bike to Work Seminar by Commute Seattle and was open to the public to refresh their bike commuting practices. The City Wide Bike to Work Day event on 17th/Jefferson had a Bike Station and activities for all of the cyclists touring the city on that day.
  • Transportation Ambassador – The Swedish Transportation Ambassador program has obtained an electric vehicle and electric bicycle used for observing traffic and parking patterns on neighborhood streets and assisting anyone with parking or commuting questions

For more information about the ITB and the Swedish Transportation Ambassador please contact Aron Garavaglia at 206.491.9657 or email agaravaglia@rpnw.com

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Swedish Cherry Hill Transportation Ambassador

Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill would like to introduce the new Campus Transportation Ambassador, Aron Garavaglia to the Squire Park Community. The main purpose of the new position is to help anyone in the community (residents and non-residents) with any parking/commuting questions and challenges that arise. Aron will be spending a lot of time observing traffic and parking patterns in the residential streets surrounding Swedish Cherry Hill. Soon the program will have a dedicated helpline, which anyone can call at any time to have their issues addressed. Swedish is in the process of obtaining an electric vehicle, which Aron will use to patrol the streets and eventually enforce a campus wide parking policy. Aron is excited to be a part of the "Good Neighbor" mentality[sic] and looks forward to being an integral part of the community. Aron can be reached at 206-491-9657 or agaravaglia@rpnw.com. Look for information regarding the Transpiration Ambassador Helpline in the near future.

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Is There A Way To Reduce Commuter Traffic To Our Neighborhood?

On January 10, hear a presentation from a Seattle Department of Transportation representative regarding the Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) surrounding the Swedish/Sabey campus.  RPZ #2 limits on-street parking during the day to two hours.  Affected streets include parts of north-south streets from 15th Avenue to 21st Avenue, and parts of east west streets from Fir Street to Spring Street. For a map and details on the RPZ, see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/rpz_z2.htm

The intent of the RPZ is to discourage commuters to the Swedish/Sabey campus from parking on neighborhood streets.  City policy is to discourage single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commuting to all institutions, including Swedish/Sabey.  One of the ways this is done is to limit the amount of garage parking that can be provided, and to require minimum parking rates.  However, since Squire Park has a supply, free on-street parking may be an alternative choice for some commuters.  The expectation of the City is that, by limiting parking to two hours, those who might otherwise take advantage of free on-street parking are discouraged from doing so.

The question neighbors are asking is whether or not the current policies of RPZ 2 are effective. Many neighbors see apparent Swedish/Sabey commuters parking and later, in two hours or so, returning to "rub the chalk off" their tires, or to move their cars.  Others, just outside the boundaries of Zone 2, feel that the effect of the RPZ is to increase the number of commuters driving to and parking on their residential streets.

Is it possible that the current parking time limit --- two hours from morning to afternoon ---could be changed?  Is expanding the boundaries of Zone 2 appropriate or possible?  What other questions do you have about the policies of the RPZ program? Come to the January meeting to talk about that.

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