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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.