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In a phone interview late last week, mayoral spokesman Aaron Pickus said a senior member of the mayor's staff would be meeting with the Seattle Department of Transportation and WSDOT and evaluating the situation.
Pickus did not have a date for the meeting. Greyhound executives might take part, he said, adding that “our office [also] will be working with our Office of Economic Development, which has expertise in siting and working with neighborhoods as to where things go. We're very much in a fact-finding stage. The mayor wants to help.”
If a meeting with Leach “appears beneficial, I'm sure he'll be very open to it,” Pickus added, referring to McGinn. “The mayor's position on transportation is that people need a wide array of choices for getting around,” he said, including intercity buses.
The decision makers can expect transportation advocates to join the discussion. Like Sheck, Rob Johnson, executive director of the Seattle-based Transportation Choices Coalition, referenced the multimodal facilities that welcome travelers to Portland, Seattle's rival in the battle for green bragging rights.
“We look at places like Portland ... as great examples of what we could do with King Street Station now that the rehabilitation is almost complete there and we're seeing the vibrancy of the north lot development going in," Johnson said. "I think that there's a lot of opportunities to create a great public space there ... in a way that's very exciting.”
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