Petey Buttigieg: The Seattle Public Transit Authority needs a $5 billion overhaul

Pete Buttigeg, Seattle’s mayor, said Thursday he’s asking the City Council to spend up to $5.3 billion to rebuild the transit agency.

The city is still trying to figure out how to keep the agency operating without major changes.

We need to rebuild and we need to do it as fast as possible, Buttigigeg said in a letter to councilmembers.

In a letter he sent to Mayor Ed Murray and the transit board, Buttageg said he wants to have the agency up and running by the end of the year.

He said he hopes to have a “new direction” for the agency in coming months and wants the board to work with him to reach that goal.

The city is also asking the board for $1.5 billion to help with the $1 billion plan.

The $1 million would come from the city’s general fund and be used for capital projects and other priorities, he wrote.

The board will have to approve the plan.

Buttigiegs letter is below:We have been working on our capital plan for over a year, and we believe it is the best way to build on the progress we’ve made.

We are confident that we can make this plan a reality in the next few months, and I am optimistic that it will be completed by the fall.

Please join me in asking the Board of Directors to approve a capital plan.

This is a tough decision, but I know we can work through it together.

I am confident that this capital plan will help us to address the challenges we face and ensure that Seattle remains the best place to live, work, and play.