public transportation

Transportation
9:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads

From left, King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague and Joe McDermott prepare for a press conference. The poster behind them lists targeted bus routes.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Political leaders in King County want voters to help stave off drastic cuts to Metro bus service.

On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed raising car tab fees, sales taxes and bus fares. The money would pay for transit service and road maintenance.

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Public Transportation
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force"

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro Transit bus driver Linda Averill about why she's opposed to the proposed contract between King County and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

News
4:35 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Advocates Call For Plaza Above Brooklyn Light Rail Station

Peter Steinbrueck and Cory Crocker show model of proposed plaza to UW Board of Regents.
Credit Amy Radil

A group called “U District Square” is asking the University of Washington to help create a European-style public plaza around the neighborhood’s future light rail station.

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Special Session Closes
3:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

King County's Response To Stalled Transporation Package

Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Marcie Sillman speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about how the county hopes to address transportation funding in light of the state legislature not taking up a transportation package before closing the special session over the weekend.

Commuting
11:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time

Construction of the Atlanta streetcar line has hurt many businesses along the route, but there is hope that economic gains will increase once the line opens next spring.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:17 am

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.

Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.

Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.

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Elections 2013
12:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Sen. Ed Murray's Interview On The Record

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray
Credit Flickr Photo/Matt Westervelt

Sen. Ed Murray sat down with The Record's Marcie Sillman ahead of the Seattle's mayoral election to discuss a range of topics, from public safety, transportation and development.

Produced by David Hyde.

Gas Tax
5:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that he wants to call a special session of the state Legislature this fall.

The session would address what Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine described as the state’s urgent transportation needs.

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World's Longest Floating Bridge
1:30 am
Tue August 27, 2013

SR 520 Floating Bridge Celebrates 50 Years

Construction of the SR 520 floating bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

August 28, 1963 was a momentous day in American history, and it was also a pretty big day in Seattle. At the same time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was giving his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, then-Washington governor Albert Rosellini was also addressing a crowd. But Rosellini was in the middle of Lake Washington, on a brand-new floating bridge that would eventually be known as State Route 520.

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Public Transportation
1:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

One-Third Of King County Bus Routes Could Be Cut

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro is facing budget cuts up to 17 percent. The cuts could eliminate almost a third of current bus routes. Metro is hosting a public hearing today at 4:00 in Union Station to hear your opinion.

Ross Reynolds speaks with KUOW’s Reporter Derek Wong about the future of our buses.

Transit Investigation
9:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Fatal Sound Transit Bus Crash In Kirkland

A Sound Transit commuter bus similar to the one involved in the fatal crash
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Investigators said they don’t yet know the exact cause of Tuesday night’s fatal crash between a Sound Transit bus and an SUV in Kirkland. Two people in the SUV died. Investigators are looking into whether the bus’ brakes malfunctioned.

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Looming Bus Cuts
4:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes

A King County Metro Bus In Downton Seattle
Flickr photo/Zolk

King County Metro released more details Monday about possible cuts to bus service next year. The agency says almost a third of its routes might be eliminated.

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Four-Hour Commute
6:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pierce Transit Cuts Raise Concerns For Blind Rider

Buddy Yates and his guide dog Palmer wait for the bus.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s 3:00 p.m. on a recent workday, and Buddy Yates sets off on the first leg of his long commute home. He and his guide dog, Palmer, step through the fast-food containers that litter the street on the way to Rainier Avenue South where he will catch his first bus.

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Paying To Get Around
7:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Looming Fiscal Cliff For King County Transit

A crowd gathers waiting for the #7 bus.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Bus service in King County could get some good news this week. Washington state lawmakers are expected to introduce a plan that could prevent a looming fiscal crisis.

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