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Transportation
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Seattle Gets A Revised Bicycle Master Plan

BIKE DOTS are pavement markings for signed bicycle routes. Unlike sharrows, bicycle dots are not intended to provide guidance on bicycle positioning but are a tool to provide wayfinding.
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Aken, principal planner at the Cascade Bicycle Club, about Seattle's revised bicycle master plan.

Bike To Work
2:44 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains

L.A. Bike Trains brings together groups of five to 10 cyclists who commute en masse.
Courtesy of Bruce Chan

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 7:04 am

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."

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History
12:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Looking Back: Thanksgiving Flood Sinks Old I-90 Bridge

The Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge across Lake Washington lists and sinks while undergoing renovation in November 1990. No one was hurt, but several construction vehicles sank along with the old concrete pontoons.
Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation

The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge that connected Seattle to Mercer Island sank to the bottom of Lake Washington 23 years ago this weekend.

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Transportation
8:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Washington Ferry System Sets Course To Convert To Natural Gas

Schematic showing LNG fuel tank retrofit atop a Washington State ferry.
Washington State Ferries

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:24 am

The nation's biggest ferry system is aiming to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion.

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Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Progress Is Being Made On Transportation Package?

Flickr Photo/Lee LeFever

Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the State Senate's transportation proposal and when we will see a transportation package.

Fuel
11:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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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.

Business And Transportation
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Boeing Incentives Signed; Washington Lawmakers Turn To Roads

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Transportation
3:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Metro To Cut 74 Bus Routes If State Doesn’t Come Through

Metro tweeted this image of bus routes that are scheduled to be cut by mid-2014.
Credit Metro King County Photo

In a dramatic announcement on Thursday, Metro announced its plans to cut 74 bus routes by mid-2014 in response to the state's inability to pass a transportation package. Another 107 routes would be changed.

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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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Transportation
7:22 am
Tue October 29, 2013

'Keep Kids Safe' Could Join Long List Of Defunct Oregon License Plates

A sample copy of the "Keep Kids Safe" plate.
Oregon DMV

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 4:11 pm

An Oregon license plate meant to raise money for child abuse prevention programs could soon be canceled due to lack of interest.

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Driving
11:55 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too

Reverse commuters, include Kathy LeVeque (in the foreground), wait for an approaching outbound Metra commuter train at the Mayfair neighborhood stop on Chicago's northwest side.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:49 am

It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.

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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.

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