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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C'

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, died at the age of 83, leaving a lasting legacy for tribal rights and the Northwest environment.
Flickr Photo/Ecotrust

A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and  big storms due to climate change; Nisqually Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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Public Transportation
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

King County's Transportation Future: Divide Or Unite?

Flickr Photo/VeloBusDriver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with political consultant Benjamin Anderstone about the competing visions for the future of King County's transportation. 

Urban Parklets
2:28 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Seattle Is Putting The 'Park' In Parking Space

The finished Capitol Hill parklet on Olive Way in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Reding (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jennifer Wielund, public space program manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, about the crop of a dozen new pilot parklets which will appear in parking spaces across the city this summer.

SR 99 Tunnel Project
3:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

How Bertha Compares To Other Mega Projects

Crowds gather at the launch site of Bertha, the state Route 99 tunnel machine.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to professor Wendy Haynes of Bridgewater State University about the problems associated with billion-dollar mega-projects.

King County Government
3:16 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Dow Constantine On Minimum Wage And Prop 1

King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Flickr Photo/Michael @ NW Lens (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about minimum wage and why Proposition 1 failed.

Funding Transit
4:02 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Could Metro Cut Costs But Still Keep Bus Service?

Credit Flickr Photo/Stephen Rees (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with the Washington Policy Center's Bob Pishue about why he says King County Metro Transit should manage its budget better rather than cut bus service. King County voters rejected Metro's Proposition 1 in the special election last week.

Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-NC-ND)

A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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SR 99 Tunnel Project
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bertha Costs: Who Will Pick Up The Tab?

Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel machine, has stopped and will not likely begin tunneling again until next spring.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Lynn Peterson, Washington state transportation secretary, about the estimated $125 million in extra costs for Bertha's tunneling delay.

Light Rail
7:48 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha

The machine Sound Transit is using to dig a light-rail tunnel from Northgate to the University of Washington in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in mid-June.

No, it's not Bertha. It's Brenda.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital

File photo of Amtrak's Empire Builder in eastern Minnesota.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:03 pm

An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle "partially derailed" in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

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Seattle Transit
2:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro

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David Hyde talks with Ben Schiendelman, co-founder of  Seattle Transit Blog, about the initiative that he and Friends of Transit have filed.

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Bertha Delays
2:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Highway 99 Tunnel Builder Asks For An Additional $190 Million

Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel machine, has stopped and will not likely begin tunneling again until next spring.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with former transportation secretary Doug MacDonald about the recent budget issues with Seattle’s tunnel project.

Business
4:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf

Airline rivals and allies converge at Atlanta's airport this week.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:59 pm

The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday.

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Initial Votes Tallied
4:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Bus Initiative Filed For Seattle Only, Prop 1 Continues To Fail

Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

UPDATE: 4/25/14, 4:15 p.m. PT.

Votes are still being tallied, but King County voters so far are rejecting Proposition 1. That almost certainly means cuts to buses.

A new Seattle-only initiative will try to save buses inside city limits. A group called Friends of Transit said it filed the initiative with the Seattle City Clerk's Office Friday.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling until March 2015.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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