Bus Cuts
3:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

New Budget Solves Some Of King County Metro's Woes

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

Ross Reynolds talks to Kevin Desmond, general manager of King County Metro, about the new county budget that found a way to save some of the projected cuts to the bus service.

7:57 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Montlake Residents To 520 Designers: Put A Lid On It

The lid over the highway would dampen noise and provide pedestrians a connection to the north, toward the University of Washington and the new light rail station set to open in a year and a half.

Montlake is one of Seattle’s wealthier neighborhoods, but also one of the city's noisiest, with a major highway running through it, owing to traffic from State Route 520.

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EarthFix Reports
7:28 am
Fri September 12, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

A pair of Nissan Leaf electric cars charging up at a public charging station.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 8:04 pm

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100,000 electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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A Skyscraper Upside Down
10:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Rare Glimpse Deep Inside The University Light Rail Station

The first of many escalators to descend 90 feet below ground to the light rail platform. The station is scheduled to open spring 2016.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The University Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium is almost finished. The station is part of a route that will eventually connect downtown Seattle to Northgate. On Wednesday, reporters were given a rare glimpse inside.

The shiny glass and metal box in front of Husky Stadium is the most visible part of the new subway station.  

But that’s just the surface. For the rest, you must go deeper. I don the safety vest and hardhat I've been given and join the contractors in the elevator for our nine-story descent.

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Look Left, Then Left
9:11 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Seattle's New Bike Lane Wows Cyclists, Confuses Cars

Ross McFarland of the Seattle Department of Transportation prepares to flag confused drivers on the opening day of downtown Seattle's new protected bike lane. In the foreground, a memorial to Sher Kung, a cyclist who died here about two weeks ago.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled the city’s first protected bike lane in downtown on Monday, on Second Avenue between Pike and Yesler.

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Changing City
2:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Scott Kubly On Transportation In Seattle

Scott Kubly accepting Major Murray's appointment to direct the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Credit City of Seattle Photo

Ross Reynolds talks to Scott Kubly, director of Seattle's Department of Transportation about his plans to improve Seattle's transportation system.

3:27 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

When Drivers Hit Cyclists, What Should The Consequences Be?

Ghost bikes appear in Seattle in places where riders are hurt by motorists.
Flickr Photo/cactusbones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Construction for a new bike lane on Second Avenue downtown began on Friday, just one week after a truck hit a cyclist, 31-year-old mother Sher Kung. She died at the scene.

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EarthFix Reports
9:23 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

The Port of St. Helens applied for grants through the ConnectOregon program to expand this dock, which is used to ship crude oil and would also be used to export coal for the Morrow Pacific project.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:00 pm

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to approve nearly $5 million in subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects.

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News From Canada
8:48 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Report: Quebec's Deadly Oil Train Derailment Had Multilple Causes

The Transportation Safety Board released a report on Tuesday on the Lac-Megantic oil train derailment, which killed 47 and destroyed dozens of building.
Flickr Photo/Transportation Safety Board of Canada (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Les Leyne, legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, about the report the Canadian government released on the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Also, Rob Ford wants to do something about "fearless" raccoons in Toronto, and hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, arrives in Victoria.

Court Ruling
8:25 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Changes On The Way For 'No Fly List'

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:56 pm

Changes are coming to the federal government's "No Fly List." But it's not clear yet what those changes will be.

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White Pass
8:17 am
Fri August 15, 2014

U.S. Highway 12 Through Washington's Cascades Reopened After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 2:47 pm

A section of U.S. Highway 12 in Washington state has reopened after a large mudslide hit Wednesday. But state workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

How Are We Going To Pay For Ferry Improvements?

A new ferry under construction.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with State Senator Curtis King about how to fund the expensive Washington ferry system. King, a Republican from Yakima, is co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Mass Transit
2:46 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Monorail: The Seattle Transportation Idea That Won't Die

The monorail station at Seattle Center.
Flickr Photo/Andy Nash (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with activist Elizabeth Campbell about her voter initiative to fund planning to build a monorail line in Seattle. Then, Reynolds talks with Crosscut's Knute Berger about the political history of the monorail.

3:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Plethora Of Problems Facing Washington Ferries

Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel speaks with former Washington State Secretary of Transportation, Doug MacDonald, about why the ferry system has trouble replacing boats, finding a permanent assistant secretary and securing funding.

Ship By Ship
11:18 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Why Washington Ferries Are Such A Headache To Replace

Crews prepare to paint the rudder on the M/V Samish in May of this year.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington’s ferry fleet is among the largest and oldest in the country. Last week we learned just how vulnerable it is when, at the height of tourist season, one of the ferries broke down.

Buying a new ferry isn’t like buying a new car, however. The next ferry due to hit the docks is the Samish, under construction at the Vigor shipyard on Harbor Island. It should be in service early next year.

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