transportation

Car Talk
12:04 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Don’t Americans Choose Diesel?

Flickr Photo/Jeff Turner

  Only three percent of American cars are diesel, a fraction compared to 50 percent of European cars, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Gasoline has always been the choice of fuel for Americans. But popular car makers like Audi, Chevrolet and Mazda are offering more diesel options this year. KUOW’s Arwen Nicks talked with Mark Rechtin, West Coast editor for Automotive News to ask why Americans avoid diesel.

Failed Transportation Bill
12:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Troubled Bridge Over Oregon And Washington’s Waters

Flickr Photo/Robert Gaskin

The Washington state budget was signed by Governor Inslee yesterday without the $10 billion transportation deal. That’s fatal news for the Columbia River Crossing — a bridge that would link Portland, Or. to Vancouver, Wash. Ross Reynolds talks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about why the bridge failed and what that means for Oregon.

Failed Washington Legislation
11:29 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Transportation Package Fails To Pass

  The Washington state legislature failed to pass a transportation package this past weekend. With the recent collapse of the Skagit Bridge at the forefront of our minds, we take a look at what this means for current and future transportation projects in the state. Ross Reynolds hears from Dan O'Neal, the chairman of the Washington State Transportation Committee.

Transportation In The Balance
4:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Leaders Want Transportation Package Approved

Seattle area leaders gathered Friday to urge state lawmakers to pass the transportation budget before the end of the legislative session.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said a new transportation budget is long overdue. He added that the state’s transit health and economic vitality depends on it.

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Paying To Drive
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect

A former toll booth on I-90 in 1940.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

New toll rates for the Highway 520 floating bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge take effect July 1. The increase is the latest toll hike and has been part of the plan since the tolls were put on the bridges.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Decisions From The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis, And Avoiding A Government Shutdown

Weekday's “News in Review” roundtable comes together to talk over the week’s news.

It was a big week at the Supreme Court. The justices struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and decided the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. A filibuster by Wendy Davis rocked the Texas legislature, stopping a vote on an abortion bill. The bill will be revisited in the second special session Gov. Rick Perry called.

Washington's own legislature's second session budget problems still divide the floor; but issues will need to be resolved soon to avoid a government shut down on July 1.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? What story made your blood boil? Share your thoughts with the panel right now by emailing Weekday.

Road Safety
9:06 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Toll Of Traffic Collisions In Washington

Washington residents always eagerly anticipate the summer months. But with warmer, dryer weather also comes a spike in impaired-driver collisions.
Flickr Photo/HeatherHeatherHeather

Summer’s almost here and more people are headed outside: that means more accidents. Statistics show that more road collisions happen during the dry season. Each year, about two million Americans are injured or killed in traffic crashes. For those who survive, picking up the pieces can be hard.

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Complexities Of Driving A Big Rig
8:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Truck Driving School Ride Along

Instructor Randy Dean and student Sarah Purrington.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been about a month since a truck hauling an oversized load struck an I-5 bridge and sent it plunging into the Skagit River. Truckers have a tough job navigating infrastructure challenges such as obsolete bridges and increasingly congested highways. To learn more about the challenges, KUOW’s Derek Wang went to trucking school.

Failed Bridges In Washington

The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in Washington's history. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk.

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9:09 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington Bridges Perform Well Nationally

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There's a lot of water in Washington state, and therefore a lot of bridges. Transportation for America put together the numbers of structurally deficient bridges by state county and compared Washington to the rest of the country. There's good news: Washington is ranked 46 out of 51 states (including Washington, D.C.) in structurally deficient bridges. Pennsylvania performed the worst with 24.5 percent of bridges considered deficient.
Visualizing the numbers Did you know that in another ten years, one in four bridges will be 65 years old or older? And today, almost 50 percent of bridges of that age are structurally deficient? In the minute it'll take you to view this full infographic with more facts like that, another 180,000 trips will be taken on deficient bridges.
I-5 Bridge Collapse
5:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse

A visualization of the temporary fix for the I-5 bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Federal investigators released a preliminary report Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. The report says the driver of the truck that struck the bridge before it fell had moved over closer to the edge of the bridge because of a passing truck.

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Fixing The Collapsed Bridge
2:19 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track

Northeast view of the temporary bridge span
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

The effort to replace the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last month has hit a milestone. On Monday, workers installed the framework for part of a temporary replacement that will eventually support the bridge’s north-bound lanes. There will be a second span to handle south-bound traffic.

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Air Travel
10:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

The Truth About Air Travel, And Jamie And Karen Moyer

Mark Gerchick's book "Full Upright and Locked Position."

Indefinite Stay For Guantanamo Detainees
David Marshall is a Seattle Attorney who has been representing Ahmed Ajam since 2007. Ajam has been a prisoner of Guantanamo for 11 years. According to Marshall, Ajam, a Syrian who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Pakistan, was cleared for release by military authorities but remains in Guantanamo because Congress restricts the transfer of detainees.Marshall explains the state his client is living in and the complications of representing clients held at Guantanamo Bay prison.

Uncomfortable Truths About Modern Air Travel
“Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.”  It’s getting harder and harder to do that, isn’t it?  Seating is getting tighter. Bags are up to you. Costs are going up. Aviation expert Mark Gerchick explains what’s really going on behind the scenes in his book "Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today."

A Conversation With Jamie And Karen Moyer
For Seattle Mariners fans, the last decade has been a huge disappointment. In fact, the last time the team made the playoffs was in 2001. That season, the M’s won 116 regular season games – which tied the all-time record.

A huge part of their success that season was starting pitcher Jamie Moyer. The soft-tossing left hander won 20 games. He left the Mariners in 2006, but kept on playing. He won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And last year, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league baseball to earn a win at the age of 49. In addition to a long and prosperous baseball career, Moyer and his wife Karen have dedicated their lives to charity. They stopped by to chat about The Moyer Foundation, Jamie’s baseball career and why they still love Seattle.

Effects From Unregulated Transportation
4:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Ride Sharing Creates Turmoil For Car Service Businesses

A Lyft dispatched car, equipped with the trademark moustache.
Lyft

You may have seen cars driving around the Seattle area with oversized, hot pink moustaches on their front grills. Those moustaches are trademarks for a new car service company called Lyft, one of several ride-sharing services now operating in the city. Think of them like Airbnb, but with a car and a driver. Lyft, Uber X and Sidecar allow laypeople to use their own cars and act as cabbies. The services are expanding in Seattle, and they’re drawing increased scrutiny from the cab industry, as well as from regulators and policymakers. Some officials say the businesses are illegal.

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Electric Cars
10:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Low Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:17 pm

A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015."

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Bike Plan
10:19 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

Flickr Photo/clappstar

The new draft of Seattle’s Master Bike Plan is out today. Erica Barnett, news editor at Publicola, joins David Hyde today to talk about what that means for Seattle’s bicyclists.

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