transportation

EarthFix Report
9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oil Train Derailed In Interbay Rail Yard

KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

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.

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Radke In The Morning
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How To Merge In Traffic (Seattle, You're Not Going To Like This)

The Interstate 90 backup early Tuesday morning: one scenario where being polite gets you nowhere.
Credit Courtesy of WSDOT

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.

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.

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Megaprojects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig

Road signs from Boston's Big Dig.
Flickr Photo/Nantaskart!

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.

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Europe
5:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

At The Scene Of The Crash: An Attempt To Make Sense Of The Wreckage

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:59 am

Audie Cornish talks with reporter Noah Sneider, who's at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region.

Gridlockalypse
10:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads

Sound Transit bus routes that run between Bellevue and Seattle are expected to have major delays. Those routes are 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566 and 567.
Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start making other plans.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one, around the clock, for seven days.

To help ease the pain, WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.

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Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

Transportation
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

No Surprise: Expert Says Washington's Transportation Infrastructure Isn't Stacking Up

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

Highway Safety
1:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse

The Skagit River bridge after its collapse on March 23, 2013.
Credit Associated Press Photo/Elaine Thompson

Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday.

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Transportation
2:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

What Does It Take To Get Seattleites On Bikes?

Bicycle designers are starting to cater more to mom cyclists: running several errands with family in tote.
Flickr Photo/Colville-Andersen

The Seattle Department of Transportation approved a Bicycle Master Plan in April 2014. Their vision is for biking to become "a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle, for people of all ages and abilities."

But what would it take to get there?

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Commuting
9:11 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rush Hour: A Map Of Puget Sound’s Worst Traffic

On southbound I-5 near the Ship Canal Bridge, traffic merges onto the highway at 45th Street on the right, but then must weave left four lanes to transfer to state Route 520 right after the bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lonnon Foster (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been a bad summer for driving in Seattle.

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.

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Rideshares
12:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares

Fentahun Amare and his son Amanuel, with the citation that started the trouble.
Credit Amy Radil

On June 16, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that a stakeholders group had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. In exchange, companies like Lyft and Uber would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers.

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New Bridge
10:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

South Park Bridge Reopens, To Neighborhood's Delight

The South Park bridge reopened Monday morning for traffic.
Flickr Photo/King County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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.

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Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

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.

Car Services
8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A View Of The Ride-Share Debate From The Backseat Of Both Sides

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:33 pm

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?

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Boring Bertha
12:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Officials: Bertha, World's Largest Tunnel Machine, Will Be More Robust

The guts of Bertha, the tunnel boring machine.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The builders of the tunnel machine stuck beneath the Seattle waterfront don’t just plan to repair the world’s largest tunnel machine.

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