transportation

Controversial Ads
2:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Conversation About Ads On The Bus Goes Round And Round

Most bus ads are pretty innocuous: advertising metro, plumbers or movies. But what about when groups want to pay for controversial ads?
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Snohomish Community Transit has just rejected a bus advertisement from a gun control group, Washington Ceasefire.  That decision is based on a new policy that bans all advertising that creates  substantial controversy, including political speech. Ross Reynolds took up the conversation of advertising and free speech with an ACLU lawyer along with a representative for Snohomish Community Transit. 

Charging Station Delays
12:29 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Where Are The Electric Car Charging Stations?

Flickr Photo/Fifth World Art

 You can’t drive your electric car if you can’t plug in and recharge, and the build-out on electric car chargers is behind schedule. Ross Reynolds talks with WSDOT's Jeff Doyle about the gaps in the grid for electric car charging. 

Parking
11:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Controversial Changes May Be Coming To Zoned Parking In Seattle

Flickr Photo/litlnemo

  The Seattle City Council is considering a change to the city’s parking zone program. Currently, permits are only available to residents who live in certain areas. The changes would allow some employees who work in these areas – and are getting slapped with expensive tickets – to purchase permits as well. But some residents are opposed. 

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who's backing the change.

Closing Roads To Build New Ones
1:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up

Aerial view of the Mercer Street project
Flickr Photo/SDOT Photo

Driving around Seattle this weekend will be trickier than normal. The Seattle Department Of Transportation plans to close parts of Aurora and Mercer Street around South Lake Union as part of the effort to convert Mercer into a two-way street. The city's now focusing on the Mercer West project, the section of Mercer between Dexter Avenue and West Fifth Avenue.

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New Fines For Motorists
3:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully

Seattle Cyclists Brave The Rain on Bike To Work Day 2010
Flickr Photo/don_brubeck

National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.

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Transportation
11:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines

Guests fill the main waiting room of the King Street Station during a reopening April 24, 2013. The historic waiting room at Seattle's King Street rail station has been restored to look exactly as it did when it opened in 1906 with its ornamental plaster ceiling, Corinthian columns, mosaic floor tiles and a massive bronze chandelier.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Tomorrow is Amtrak’s National Train Day, a holiday that was started back in 2008 to celebrate US passenger trains. Here in Seattle, the King Street station was recently renovated with the help of funds from the federal government. But starting in October, the feds are cutting funding to Amtrak lines that are less than 750 miles long. The effects of the change will be felt here. Ross gets the details from Ron Pate of the state Transportation Department’s rail division.

We also hear from Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason about the Sounder Train and Light Rail projects. Plus, Ross talks trains with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton.

RadioActive Spring 2013
8:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

A Toll On The Road To School

The I-90 bridge between Seattle and Mercer Island.
Flickr Photo/Henry Figueroa

Washington state is considering putting tolls on the I-90 bridge that connects Seattle to the Eastside. This would affect the lives of adults who travel to and from Seattle for work, but what about students who go to school outside their Seattle neighborhoods?

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Mercer Messiness
5:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Officials Announce More Details About Mercer West Project

Aerial view of the Mercer Corridor project
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Get ready for more traffic congestion around Seattle’s South Lake Union area. The city’s transportation department announced new details Tuesday about its effort to re-make Mercer Street.

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First Cycling Death in 2013
7:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cyclist Killed In Seattle On First Day of Bike To Work Month

A "ghost bike" memorial to remember unidentified cyclists and pedestrians killed in collisions.
Flickr Photo/Salim Virji

For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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Making Streets Safe
6:55 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Wedgwood Fatal Collision Highlights Pedestrian Safety Concerns

The Memorial At Northeast 75th Street and 33rd Avenue Northeast
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been one month since a fatal car crash in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood killed two pedestrians near Eckstein Middle School. The collision also severely injured two people, including an infant, who was 10-days-old at the time.

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Repairs To Start Immediately
12:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

FAA Accepts Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits to be retrofitted and delivered at Boeing in Everett, WA.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

This story was last updated on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it has accepted Boeing's proposed fix to the 787 battery system. It says next week it will issue instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

FAA Orders Inspection Of Boeing 737s

An American Airlines 737-800 aircraft in January. The 737-800 is one of several variants the FAA has ordered to be inspected.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:45 am

Federal aviation officials have ordered that more than 1,000 Boeing 737s be examined to see if a key part on the plane's tail section needs to be replaced, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the airworthiness directive for a pin that holds the 737's horizontal stabilizer to the rest of the tail, to see if it is in danger of failing prematurely. The horizontal stabilizer — also known as the tail plane — enables the pilot to control the aircraft's pitch.

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Toll Bridge Proposal
9:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Costly New Bridge Over Columbia River Spawns Ultimatum, Brinkmanship

Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A costly new interstate highway bridge over the Columbia River is spurring brinkmanship in Olympia. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Democratic Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday to press state lawmakers to commit hundreds of millions dollars to the proposed new toll bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

A Conversation With The Cast Of "The 206"

'The 206.'
Credit Facebook/The 206 TV

We bring you more of our favorite Weekday guests this hour as our spring membership drive rolls on. Earlier this year we spoke with the team behind Seattle sketch comedy show, The 206. We listen back to our conversation with Almost Live! alums John Keister and Pat Cashman and 206-er Chris Cashman. The show premiered on KING 5 in January and returns from a brief hiatus later this month.

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State Route 99 Tunnel Megaproject
7:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

The Tradition Of Naming Tunneling Machines

Bertha, on board the Fairpartner, in Elliot Bay
Bow Jones

Bertha is here. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine arrived in Seattle Tuesday after being shipped from Japan. It’s expected to reach land sometime this week. After that, in a few months, it will get to work drilling the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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