transportation

Oil Spill Task Force Braces For More Crude By Rail

Oct 2, 2014

A regional oil spill task force met in Portland Wednesday to discuss the risks of crude oil traveling by rail.

The Pacific States British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force coordinates oil spill response plans among five U.S. states and B.C. A lot of its members have noticed the same worrisome trend: more crude oil is traveling by rail cars instead of arriving on ships, and many agencies aren't prepared for oil spills along rail lines.

KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

As we bid the tourists adieu, we welcome back the cranes and construction.

Season 2 of Seattle’s waterfront development project starts Wednesday. It includes work from Colman Dock to the Aquarium, and holes in the ground already show the concrete face of the 1930s-era seawall, soon to be demolished. 

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

If you are a bus rider in King County, you might want to double check to make sure your bus will be running next week.

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Marcie Sillman talks to King County Executive Dow Constantine  about the new 2015-2016 budget.

KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Although the tunnel boring machine known as “Bertha” is at a standstill, work is still underway to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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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.

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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.

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

Sep 12, 2014

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.

Rare Glimpse Deep Inside The University Light Rail Station

Sep 11, 2014
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.

Seattle's New Bike Lane Wows Cyclists, Confuses Cars

Sep 9, 2014
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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Ross Reynolds talks to Scott Kubly, director of Seattle's Department of Transportation about his plans to improve Seattle's transportation system.

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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.

Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

Aug 25, 2014

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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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.

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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