SEATTLE -- There's a a new man taking on the difficult challenge of fixing Seattle's transportation mess.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Wednesday announced the city's new Department of Transportation director. Scott Kubly revealed some of his plans. He's worked in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and the mayor describes him as a transportation visionary.
Kubly says one of the first things he noticed in Seattle is "cranes all over the city, in every corner of the city." Just trying to get anywhere downtown is a challenge for anyone using Seattle streets and sidewalks.
How does Kubly plan to fix it? Transit, bikes and pedestrians.
"Investing in a transportation system that will offer choices," said Kubly.
Nearly half of commuters drive. The emphasis moving forward will be find good options to lure commuters out of their cars.
"It's not really about a war on cars at all," said Kubly. "It's tossed around a lot, A headline, but that's not what this is about. It's about giving people choices."
Kubly has to be confirmed by the City Council. His first mission, he says, is connect the buses to the streetcars to the light rail to get everyone moving.