The pilot was deployed to assess the considerations and challenges around permitting, installation, usage behavior, and equity of installing stations in the ROW. While 68 applications were submitted for installation, several barriers limited approval to one location (two charging stations) within the 18-month pilot period.
There were several reasons why permits did not make it to final approval, most of which can be distilled down to three main barriers:
- Consideration of competing ROW needs (i.e. transit only lane, limited pedestrian space, bike lane).
- Bringing electricity to the site was cost prohibitive.
- Previously unknown physical barriers (i.e. wires, pipes).
In response to these issues, Seattle is considering:
- Off-street alternatives (private parking lots, residential streets etc.).
- Pre-identifying locations for charging station deployment.
- Other charging configurations (light poles, level 2 outlets, smart charging cables, e-micromobility).
- Extending annual permitting to a longer agreement term to minimize investment risk .
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