transportation http://kuow.org en How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back http://kuow.org/post/how-merge-listeners-strike-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, President Obama came to town for a pledge drive of sorts. What's it like to have to fundraise for a living? Two former politicians will tell you. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plus, this week we learned the mind-blowing news that drivers are supposed to wait for the last minute to cut in line and merge -- according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW’s Bill </span>Radke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviews those stories and more along with Joni </span>Balter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Plus, Luke Burbank drops by and we get an update on the Carlton Complex fires from Paige Browning of Spokane Public Radio. </span> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:06:17 +0000 Bill Radke 38954 at http://kuow.org How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back Oil Train Derailed In Interbay Rail Yard http://kuow.org/post/oil-train-derailed-interbay-rail-yard <p>Three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard in Seattle early Thursday, but BNSF Railway says none of the oil spilled. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:41 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 38859 at http://kuow.org Oil Train Derailed In Interbay Rail Yard How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This) http://kuow.org/post/how-merge-traffic-seattle-youre-not-going <p>Seattle area traffic jams are nothing new, but this week has been particularly trying with the construction on westbound I-90 closing all but one lane in Bellevue.</p><p>It might seem selfish, but the best way to ease congestion, according to Washington State Department of Transportation's Travis Phelps, is to drive right up to the closure before merging over. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:21 +0000 Bill Radke 38712 at http://kuow.org How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This) Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig http://kuow.org/post/seattle-tunnel-partner-wins-80-million-dispute-over-boston-s-big-dig <p>One of the two companies attempting to dig a highway tunnel beneath the Seattle waterfront has won an $80 million dispute with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:20 +0000 John Ryan 38632 at http://kuow.org Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig At The Scene Of The Crash: An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Wreckage http://kuow.org/post/scene-crash-attempt-make-sense-wreckage Audie Cornish talks with reporter Noah Sneider, who's at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:40:00 +0000 editor 38479 at http://kuow.org Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads http://kuow.org/post/brace-yourself-major-i-90-closure-will-pinch-regions-roads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> making other plans.<br /><br />Beginning at</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> around the clock,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for seven days.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To help ease the pain,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.</span><br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:09:04 +0000 Jamala Henderson 38346 at http://kuow.org Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize? http://kuow.org/post/government-doing-more-economy-we-realize <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.</span> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:28:50 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38280 at http://kuow.org No Surprise: Expert Says Washington's Transportation Infrastructure Isn't Stacking Up http://kuow.org/post/no-surprise-expert-says-washingtons-transportation-infrastructure-isnt-stacking <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington, about our transportation infrastructure and why neither the state nor the federal government is funding it. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:28:44 +0000 Hannah Burn & Ross Reynolds 38272 at http://kuow.org No Surprise: Expert Says Washington's Transportation Infrastructure Isn't Stacking Up Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse http://kuow.org/post/cell-phone-use-partly-blame-skagit-river-bridge-collapse <p>Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:46:22 +0000 Patricia Murphy 38284 at http://kuow.org Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse What Does It Take To Get Seattleites On Bikes? http://kuow.org/post/what-does-it-take-get-seattleites-bikes <p>The Seattle Department of Transportation approved a <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm">Bicycle Master Plan</a>&nbsp;in April 2014.&nbsp;Their vision is for biking to become "a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle, for people of all ages and abilities."</p><p>But what would it take to get there? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:38:07 +0000 Posey Gruener 38085 at http://kuow.org What Does It Take To Get Seattleites On Bikes? Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic http://kuow.org/post/rush-hour-map-puget-sound-s-worst-traffic <p>It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.</p><p>Several accidents have shown us that surface streets cannot handle the traffic load when Interstate 5 or Highway 99 choke up. Traffic and design issues on major routes have been difficult even without an accident. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:11:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 37772 at http://kuow.org Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares http://kuow.org/post/taxi-drivers-balk-mayor-oks-more-rideshares <p>On <a href="http://murray.seattle.gov/mayor-murray-transportation-for-hire-representatives-reach-historic-agreement/#sthash.MImPA7d6.dpbs">June 16</a>, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that <a href="http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-announces-new-rideshare-compromise">a stakeholders group</a> had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">In exchange, companies like </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers. </span> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:26:26 +0000 Amy Radil 37251 at http://kuow.org Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares South Park Bridge Reopens, To Neighborhood's Delight http://kuow.org/post/south-park-bridge-reopens-neighborhoods-delight <p>The South Park bridge, which was closed in 2010 for safety reasons, reopened for traffic at 6 a.m. this morning after an entirely new bridge was built on the same location.</p><p>On Sunday, with face painting and taco trucks and Senator Patty Murray, the South Park neighborhood celebrated the re-opening of their brand new bascule bridge. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:27:28 +0000 Posey Gruener 37339 at http://kuow.org South Park Bridge Reopens, To Neighborhood's Delight Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out? http://kuow.org/post/redskins-rideshare-caps-seattle-schools-superintendent-all-way-out <p>Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.</p><p>And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.</span> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:49:05 +0000 Bill Radke 36780 at http://kuow.org Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out? A View Of The Ride-Share Debate From The Backseat Of Both Sides http://kuow.org/post/view-ride-share-debate-backseat-both-sides Local governments across the U.S. are struggling to decide how to handle new ride-sharing services, which are often at once popular and unrelated — or even illegal. Odette Yousef of WBEZ reports on the debate in Illinois, trying to determine the answer to one important question: What makes ride-share services different from taxis? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Chicago Public Radio. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:19:13 +0000 Odette Yousef 36604 at http://kuow.org